September 6th, 2017

// LEADING VETERANS ORGANIZATION LENDS SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REBUILD HOUSTON

LEADING VETERANS ORGANIZATION LENDS SUPPORT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REBUILD HOUSTON
Travis Manion Foundation launches initiative to assist in Houston’s recovery efforts and pledges all proceeds from annual 9/11 Heroes Run 5K to help rebuild city
WASHINGTON, D.C.The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), one the nation’s leading veterans advocacy organizations, will assist Houston in its recovery efforts, by uniting veterans, first responders, and inspired civilians.

TMF has rescheduled its annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Houston — originally set to take place on September 9th, but postponed due to Hurricane Harvey — that will now take place on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. TMF will dedicate all proceeds from the race to support relief efforts in the city of Houston, which will include funding a TMF Service Expedition. The Expedition will take place in Spring of 2018, and will see veterans and families of the fallen from across the country come together to assist with rebuilding the city of Houston. TMF’s 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race series will be hosted in more than 50 domestic and international locations, and will unite more than 50,000 participants to honor the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.

To further highlight the support towards Houston’s recover efforts, donations will be collected and a Texas flag will be carried at every 9/11 Heroes Run across the country this month. Notes of support will then be attached to the flag at the end of each run, before they are shipped to the Houston. Every Texas flag from across the country will then be displayed at the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run, rescheduled for Veterans Day.

Ryan Manion, TMF President, provided this statement:

“I hope and pray that our Houston runners and their families stay safe during efforts to rebuild their communities. We are rescheduling this year’s 9/11 Houston run so that all volunteer efforts are focused on the greater recovery effort immediately at hand. We are grateful to the Houston community for hosting our largest 9/11 Heroes Run in the country the past several years, and we are proud to give back to the city during its greatest time of need.

I am again struck by the audacity of our volunteers to serve and their willingness to help our Houston brothers and sisters, similar to how so many Americans stepped forward following the events of 9/11. These individuals exemplify the strength of America’s national character, by selflessly putting the needs of others before themselves, and representing what it means to live by ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’ “

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its tenth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series is held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world.

TMF empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” Guided by this mantra, veterans and survivors continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes live on in the next generation.

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