On Veterans Day - Thursday, Nov. 11 - a team of 30 military, police, firefighters and civilians lead by Operation One Voice founder Lieutenant Bill Stevens of the Duluth Police Department completed a five-day, 550-mile relay run from Duluth, GA to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This is the 6th consecutive year the event has taken place, and this year’s run honored Master Sergeant Eden Pearl of the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command, who is now considered one of America’s most severely wounded service members.
The Special Operations Forces Run benefits Georgia-based charity Operation One Voice, a non-profit organization that provides support to children and families of fallen and wounded Special Operations Forces soldiers. Since its inception, the non-profit has provided more than $415,000 to 1,044 families. Operation One Voice honors the contributions of Special Operations Forces soldiers, which include Army Rangers, Green Berets, Spec Op Aviators, Navy Seals, Air Force Special Operations pilots, para-rescue and Marine Force Recon.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay honors our troops every day with the Here’s to the Heroes program, which offers a free single-day admission for the service member and up to three dependents.