2023 Honor The Fallen 5K event photos + video b-roll for media & TV
VIP fundraiser event “Honor The Fallen Music & Memories” featuring performances by Nashville hit songwriters Kelley Lovelace & Tim Nichols, along with songwriter Jonny Houlihan
Plus, post-race songwriters “In The Round” with Marine veteran and country recording artist Adam Warner, Army veteran and songwriter Mark Addison Chandler, hit songwriter Karen Staley & pop-rock songwriter Aly Cutter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 18, 2023) – Memories of Honor, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Nashville recently concluded their 8th annual Honor the Fallen 5K, on Saturday, May 13 at The Grove in College Grove, Tennessee. The event raised over $42,000, bringing in more than 600 participants from 20 states across the U.S., 79 being active duty and/or military veterans, along with 50 Gold Star Families who attended and were honored for the sacrifice they’ve made to our country.
The special VIP fundraiser event called Honor The Fallen Music & Memories also took place at 6pm at The Jaeckle Centre in Thompson’s Station. The event featured live performances by Nashville hit songwriters Kelley Lovelace & Tim Nichols, along with songwriter and performer Jonny Houlihan. Lovelace, a US Army veteran, has penned 16 #1 hit songs for the likes of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry and others. Nichols, a 2017 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, brings an equally impressive resume with multiple smash hit songs he’s written for Tim McGraw, Joe Dee Messina, Trace Adkins, and Chris Young.
Additionally, country recording artist & Marine veteran Adam Warner lead a special In The Round songwriters performance with Army veteran and songwriter Mark Addison Chandler, hit Nashville songwriter Karen Staley whose penned songs for Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Tracy Byrd and others. Plus, pop-rock singer-songwriter Aly Cutter also performed on the round.
Honor the Fallen 5K is an opportunity for the community to honor and show respect for fallen veterans and their families. HTF5K is not “just another 5K”. It’s a community event to bring together families of the fallen, veterans, and civilians in a healing environment to honor our fallen service members to honor, heal, and connect. Memories of Honor strongly believe that our fallen and their families deserve to be honored, remembered, and recognized more than one day per year. This is why our mission is to make every day Memorial Day.
“We believe our fallen service members and their families deserve to be honored and remembered not just on Memorial Day, but every day,” said Amy Cotta, founder of Memories of Honor. “Our mission is to make every day Memorial Day by creating living, breathing memorials so no life loss as a result of serving our country goes forgotten.”
8th Annual Honor The Fallen 5k
The Grove – 6463 Eudailey-Covington Rd, College Grove, TN
Event Day Schedule – Saturday, May 13
7:00am – Race attendee packet-pickup opens
8:50am – Color Guard
9:00am – HTF5K race start
9:45am – Memorial Mile registration closes
10:00am – HTF5K awards
10:10am – Passing of The Flag Ceremony
10:20am – Memorial Mile start
10:30am – Food service
11:00am – In The Round songwriters round (featuring Adam Warner, Karen Staley, Mark Addison Chandler, & Aly Cutter)
6:00pm – VIP Fundraiser Event: Honor The Fallen Music & Memories (featuring Kelley Lovelace, Tim Nicholas, & Jonny Houlihan) at McDaniel Estates Club House
About Memories of Honor:
OUR MISSION | WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to make EVERY DAY Memorial Day. We honor our fallen military and the families they leave behind through athletics, entertainment, and special events to help heal the unseen wounds of war. We act as a living, breathing memorial so that no American fallen military sacrifice is forgotten.
WHO WE ARE
We are a national 501(c)(3) military nonprofit based in Franklin, TN. Our leadership team and advisory board are composed of military family members, veterans, and Gold Star Family members.
Formerly known as Medals of Honor, which was initially named for the symbolic act of sacrificing one’s endurance/sports participation medal in honor & memory of a fallen service member. Memories of Honor fully encompasses our evolving mission to create a living, breathing memorial through sports and special events so that no sacrifice goes forgotten.
PILLARS OF PURPOSE
HONOR the sacrifice made by our fallen military and their families. Preserve the legacy of our fallen service members through living memorials. Be a visual reminder to Gold Star Families that they are not alone, and we will never forget their loved ones. HEAL Provide a healthy and active outlet for depression, grief, PTSD, and survivor’s remorse. CONNECT and bring together surviving families, civilians, and veterans, fostering positive relationships built on camaraderie, community, and patriotism.
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