FORT GORDON (WFXG) - The 15th annual “Tribute to The Fallen” kicked off Monday with an opening ceremony in front of the Barton Field Amphitheater on Fort Gordon.

Marines, Navy, and other military will run around Barton Field, 24 hours per day for 10 days, to honor the more than 1,500 Marines and Navy personnel who have lost their lives in the Middle East.

The event began with the commanding officer of the Fort Gordon Marine Corps Detachment ordering that 21 rounds of ammunition be delivered to the firing detail. As each runner completes their three-mile lap, the 21 rounds will be passed on to the next runner.

The final lap will be run at approximately 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 by the entire group of Marines and Sailors who participated in the event, plus supporting Fort Gordon military units and commanders. The tribute will end with a 21 gun salute.

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