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"OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE
OF OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE REPAID. THEY HAVE EARNED OUR
UNDYING GRATITUDE. AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES." - President Harry S Truman
Join the Honoring Heroes Memorial 5K•10K at the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday, June 17, 2018 to remember the lives of Maine's Fallen Heroes and their Gold Star Families. Come together in Honoring and Remembering all of Maine's service members, from all wars and conflicts, who sacrificed their lives for Our Freedom; and Uniting together in support of their families. This event is a fundraiser for the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial to be located in Augusta, Maine's Capitol Park.
The Honoring Heroes Memorial 5K•10K offers a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K Run or Walk, 10K Run, Adaptive Athlete, and Virtual options. Veterans and Active Duty personnel are encouraged to attend, either to walk, run, or line the finish with American Flags.
A Special Tribute will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Operation Gothic Serpent, in which MSG Gary Gordon of Lincoln, SSG Thomas "Tommie" Field of Lisbon, and 17 other men sacrificed their lives on 3/4 OCT 93. Together with his comrade, Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart, Gordon was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions he performed during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993. The Battle of Mogadishu consisted of various elite special operations units from Army, Air Force and Navy special services: U.S. Army Rangers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment; C Squadron, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), better known as "Delta Force"; helicopters flown by 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Air Force Combat Controllers; Air Force Pararescuemen; and Navy SEALs. Those who sacrificed their lives in October of 1993, and their brothers in arms, will be Honored.
Gold Star Families are encouraged to register in one of three ways. Registration for any of the events is absolutely free!
It is our pleasure to assist in Remembering, Honoring, and Inspiring.
A Maine committee is spearheading fundraising for Maine’s first Gold Star Family Memorial.
The purpose of the Gold Star Family Memorial is to honor Gold Star Families from all wars and conflicts, preserve the memory of the fallen, and create a lasting memorial for future Gold Star Families through statewide recognition.
From the Citizens of the State of Maine, to the Gold Star Families of Maine, this stunning seven-foot-tall black granite monument is in the shape of a pentagon, with each side radiating out to the point of a star, and will be in Augusta, Maine at Capitol Park. The first side features a folded American Flag, with the inscription “On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States (Branch of Service), and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service”. The second side features the Gold Star Service Banner that family members display, and being defined as a white field with a red border, with a Gold Star representing a family member who died during service, regardless of cause of death. The third side features emblems of the five branches of service, and the Oath of Enlistment. The fourth side features a quote honoring and remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The fifth side features the committee’s mission statement and dedication.
Atop the Memorial are 50 Gold Stars, one representing each State. Adjacent to the Memorial will be two granite benches, and feature a flag pole with yardarm to display the American Flag, State of Maine Flag, and the Gold Star Flag.
Join us to Honor and Remember those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice, and their Families.
MSG Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor
Citation: Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second crash site, he and another sniper unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After his third request to be inserted, Master Sergeant Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Master Sergeant Gordon was inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Master Sergeant Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Master Sergeant Gordon used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers until he depleted his ammunition. Master Sergeant Gordon then went back to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons and ammunition. Despite the fact that he was critically low on ammunition, he provided some of it to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help. Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Then, armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Master Sergeant Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.
Operators of the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta
MSG Gary Ivan Gordon, Medal of Honor
SFC Randy Shughart, Medal of Honor
SSG Daniel D. Busch
SFC Earl Robert Fillmore, Jr.
MSG Timothy "Griz" Lynn Martin
SFC Matthew Loren Rierson
Soldiers of the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
CPL James "Jamie" E. Smith
SPC James M. Cavaco
SGT James Casey Joyce
CPL Richard "Alphabet" W. Kowalewski, Jr.
SGT Dominick M. Pilla
SGT Lorenzo M. Ruiz
Pilots and Crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
SSG William "Wild Bill" David Cleveland, Jr.
SSG Thomas "Tommie" J. Field
CW4 Raymond "Ironman" Alex Frank
CW3 Clifton "Elvis" P. Wolcott
CW3 Donovan "Bull" Lee Briley
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
SGT Cornell Lemont Houston, Sr.
PFC James Henry Martin, Jr.
Please find the Honoring Heroes Memorial 5K Course Map by clicking above!
Please find the Honoring Heroes Memorial 10K Course Map by clicking above!
While this event is timed and will provide awards, this day is dedicated to Honoring and Remembering those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Participate with this spirit in mind.
Awards will be given in the following categories for the 5K and 10K:
1st Male and Female for each age group:
19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
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