Hazel Park | Royal Oak
10:00 a.m. Start
ALL monies from entry fees will be donated to the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.
Food and other items will go to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154.
What is a Ruck March?
A ruck march involves walking at a fast clip with a weighted backpack or ruck. In the Armed Forces, participants carry at least 45 pounds in their rucks.
For this event, we are asking participants to carry at least 22 pounds or 22 items.
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States.
By carrying at least 22 pounds of food or 22 personal items, we show our support for our veterans.
If we all carry the burden, no one has to do it alone.
"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." - Jeff Miller
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." -Joseph Campbell
Bring a Backpack +22
Participants are encouraged to bring backpacks filled with 22 items or 22 pounds of items to be collected at the end of the march in donations boxes. All donations will go to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154.
Slipper Socks with Non-Slip Soles
White Socks with No Elastic
Large Combs (no “rat-tail combs)
New Briefs / Boxers / T-shirts
Toothpaste* and Toothbrushes
Denture Cleaner and Adhesive
Mouth Wash (non-alcoholic)
Finger and Toe Nail Clippers
Gum / Hard Candy
Hot Chocolate Mix
Reading Eye Glasses
Razors and Mirrors
Hand and Body Lotion*
*Trial / Travel Sizes ONLY, please.
Recreational Items NEEDED
New Playing Cards
Crossword Puzzle Books
Table Games (i.e. Checkers, Scrabble)
Model Kits (i.e. cars, ships)
Video Games (i.e. Wii, Xbox, Playstation)
Handheld Video Games
Letter Writing Materials
Word Search Books
"Let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free." – Dan Lipinski
Entry fee is $22 for adults and includes a t-shirt and custom military dog tag.
The entry fee is FREE (does not include T-shirt) for active and retired military and children 10. (Please note shirts are only available in adult sizes).
T-shirts will have the event logo on the front; the number 22 is on the back.
ALL monies from entry fees will be donated to the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. Food and other items will go to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154.
GET IN TOUCH
The march begins and ends at the VFW Acorn Post 1669, 214 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067.