Every year, on the last Sunday in September, Iowa Remembers hosts our annual Iowa Remembrance 5k Run/Walk. the 2022 Run/Walk will take place on September 25, at Raccoon River Valley Park in West Des Moines!
In previous years, we have had up to 1,200 participants both in person & virtually. Our program includes the reading of Iowa's Roll Call since 9/11, an invocation and prayer, a speaker, the national anthem, and the playing of Taps. One of the things that sets this event apart from other 5k's you may have done in the past, is that the last 100 meters are lined with flags and photos of the fallen. It truly is a beautiful sight to behold and very meaningful.
As a note to our runners and walkers, this event is about the cause and the camaraderie of being together remembering and honoring. Because of this, we don't consider this event a "race" in the competitive form. While we encourage our competitive runners to attend, and we love having them there, we do not hand out awards for this reason as we feel it detracts from the purpose for which we are all there.
At Iowa Remembers, Inc. our mission is to remember and honor the Iowan military casualties of war from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Their sacrifice, and that of all the others who have died, will never be forgotten. Additionally, we use our resources to advocate for action and awareness of issues surrounding Iowa’s military personnel.