Thank you Jill Stephenson!
Keynote Speaker & Marcher
Gold Star Mother of CPL Ben Kopp KIA 7-18-09
Thank you Ptacek's IGA for great food!
Thank you Danny Schlomka for
portable restrooms along the route!
Thank you to all of our Sponsors & Donors. Over $1,800 raised!
19 Marchers walked 28 miles from Red Wing to Hastings, MN on May 27, 2019 to honor fallen comrades and to raise awareness for the meaning of the holiday.
Photos from 2019 March For Them
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We are a group of Veterans from all branches of service, and family members and friends who road march (aka walk) 28 miles on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have died while serving our country. We also walk to raise awareness for the meaning of the holiday and to give ourselves an excuse to hang out. We meet in Hastings early that morning and take a shuttle bus courtesy of Hastings Bus Conpany to our start point in Red Wing. We step off at 6am and end in Hastings around 6pm. It's very doable. We walk as a group, this is not a race of any kind. We try to keep it around a 3mph pace and stop every hour at designated checkpoints for a 10-15 min break. Veterans are free but there is a $28 charge for non Veterans. The cost includes t-shirt, transportation and meals. We celebrate at the end in Hastings on the riverfront at the Veterans Memorial and Rotary Pavilion. A dinner and entertainment will be waiting for us there.
We place "honor markers" along the route every mile to honor our fallen comrades. All branches of service are represented. Multiple conflicts are represented. Walkers may request a new marker for someone that has died while serving our country. Just note that when registering.
We walk along a scenic route named the "Great River Road" from Red Wing, MN to Hastings, MN.
It has a great start at the Field of Honor in Bay Point Park and on our final stretch we cross the Hastings arch bridge over the Mississippi to the Veterans Memorial and Rotary Pavilion on the river. If there ever was a route For Them, this is it.
We walk to honor these fallen comrades as well as the over *626,000 others who have given their lives while serving our country since the Civil War. You'll see the list includes members from all branches of service and both men and women. Walkers can post new markers to honor a friend or family member. Just note that when registering here.
(*according to the U.S. Army Military Institute)
Join Us Next Year!
Are you interested in walking in our 2020 March For Them? Click on the button below to be put on our contact list. We have Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army all represented in our March. We haven't had a Coast Guard Veteran join our group yet. So if you are one, we'll figure out sign on reward! Family and other non-Veteran supporters are welcome to walk too. Teenagers may walk if they have a parent or other guardian walking with them. We welcome anyone willing to help us honor Them and walk 28 miles to do so.
To Donate or Sponsor
So maybe 28 miles is a little too far, or you just can't be there. No worries. You can still be a Virtual Marcher by donating $28 instead. Of course if you want to "virtually march" more you are welcome to. You can make that donation at the link below.
Does your business want to support the March?
We do have sponsorship opportunities.
What is the money for?
Funds raised will go towards supporting the event and its growth. The more we can raise, the larger the event can be. This includes the public celebration dinner and entertainment at the finish. It also includes the tshirts and supplies to support the march that we are unable to get donated. We are trying to keep the cost to Veterans and others who walk to little or nothing. Any remaining funds will be saved for seed money for next year's event. Our goal for 2019 is $3,000.
New in 2019 - We are a non profit!
Memorial Day March For Them is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation whose federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status application is pending. If the IRS approves the application, all donations made to MDMFT after
May 5, 2019 will be tax deductible.
Our 2019 Checkpoint Hosts
BreAnna Hanson and Martha Hanson CP 4 7-730am
Justin & Kendra White, Crystal VanLaningham CP 7 815-845am
Kathleen O'Connor & Family CP 10 930am-10am
The Bullington Family CP 13 1045am-1115am
Nate & Anna Hochmuth, Karin Bentjen CP 16 12pm-1230pm
Katy Lindberg Farmers Insurance & Family CP 19 115pm-145pm
Shirley Markuson & Sandy Markuson CP 22 230pm-3pm
Kristin Bray & Family CP 25 345pm-415pm
Thank you to these Volunteers
Signed Up for 2019!
Kris Hinderscheid - Dinner/Entertainment Coordinator "Ms Mayhem"
Nyki Biegel - talented singer who will sing the National Anthem
Plus an awesome crew including:
Jessica Hudella Mike Milleren Jessie Nowak Sarah Hemmelgarn
March Support Volunteers
Geoff Bruce - March Route Support
Kathleen O'Connor - Checkpoint & Transportation Support
Ron Kuehn - Honor Markers Pick Up
All CheckPoint Hosts (see list to the right)
Other Great Volunteers
Max Slocum - Flyer and Online Graphics
Bob Friermuth - Honor Markers Production