Catalina to participate in ‘31 Miles’ event on Aug. 4

Logo for “31 Miles” event. Courtesy artwork

For the first time ever, Catalina Island will participate in a nationwide event to raise money for war heroes, according to VFW Post Commander Jen Dreizehn. The event is Saturday, Aug. 4

“This is a nationwide event called ‘31 Miles for 31 Heroes’ and the first year VFW post 4682 will be hosting it on Catalina Island,” said Dreizehn. The city of Avalon and Santa Catalina Island Company have generously provided the VFW with free access to their property and facilities, she said.

Dreizehn said on Aug. 6, 2011, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan. This tragedy resulted in the deaths of 30 active duty military members and 1 military working dog and the tragedy left shocked and broken families in its wake.

The event is considered the worst loss of life in a single incident during the Afghanistan campaign. To celebrate the incredible lives of these fallen heroes and support their families, 31 Miles for 31 Heroes will hold memorial walks at various locations throughout the world.

The one on Catalina Island will start at the Veterans Memorial Park, she said.

According to the Dreizehn, “This is NOT a race. This is a memorial walk. The route is a 10-mile loop that will be completed 3 times. Every 3 miles we will read the bios of our fallen servicemen. Join us for 3 miles, all 31 or as many as you can.”

To register or make donations, visit www.31heroes.org. She said same day registration is available or contact her at vfwialdnsoutpost4682@gmail.com.

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