What is October 7th?
After 9/11 many of our military men and women responded to ground zero helping in the relief efforts but what some people may not know is that following in the in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the United States our Military men and women were deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, which was the start of the initial combat operation.
But the fight is not over.......
We are currently in our 17th year of war, where each day our men and women continue to serve and preserve the freedoms we endure. Not only did we lose 2,977 lives on September 11th, but over 7,000 men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice: with many of our veterans returning from battle and continue to suffer from the physical and psychological wounds.
The focus of this relay is to honor and remember the October 7th, 2001 deployment of our Military Men & Women, those still serving, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, our veterans, and the military men and women we loose everyday due to PTSD and the Invisible Wounds of War.