Gold Star Legacy: Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk
Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk
Petty Officer First Class David Tapper was a 13-year Navy SEAL veteran who died on August 20, 2003 in Afghanistan conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. David was from Atco, New Jersey and was the youngest of six children. David joined the Navy in 1989 and graduated SEAL training two years later. His first deployment was to Afghanistan shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. He was also involved in some of the earliest fighting in Iraq in 2003, including the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch and the recovery of the bodies of nine American soldiers buried near the hospital where she was held.
Lance Corporal Jon Hicks joined the Marines in January 2006, shortly after graduating from Hammonton High School in Hammonton, New Jersey. Jon joined the Corps out of a desire to do something bigger than himself and help others. Jon is remembered by those who knew him as a true gentleman. Jon was deployed as an infantry assaultman with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines when his unit hit an IED while on patrol, taking his life in September 2007, less than two months before he was due to return home.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the fourth annual Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk will be held at American Legion post #311 in Atco, New Jersey. The event is held each spring in honor of Pett Officer, First Class (and Navy SEAL) David M. Tapper and Lance Corporal Jon T. Hicks, Jr., USMC. Money raised at the event will be used for their respective scholarship funds, as well as for the Waterford Township War Memorial Committee.
For the fourth consecutive year, Marine Parents has secured a donation of beverage koozies from Conde Systems, Inc. This year, Conde is donating 275 beverage koozies and we'd like to thank them for their generosity and support of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country. When we receive the koozies, we will press a design chosen by the event coordinators onto them before shipping them to New Jersey to be handed out to participants in the run/walk.
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Registration: 7:45 am - 8:45 am
Place: American Legion post #311 Atco, New Jersey
Cost: Children (5 & under) - Free
Students 6-22 - $15 (with school ID)
Active Duty Military or Veterans - $20 (with Military ID0
Adults - $25 ($35 after April 15)
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