Runners pass the Painted Rocks at Fort Irwin, Ca. during the first mile of the Run for the Fallen. President of the run, Jon Bellona carries the American flag that will be handed off to the next runner as they relay across the United States. The run will take approximately 72 days and will cross thirteen states from Painted Rocks at Fort Irwin Ca, to Arlington National Cemetery, Va. The purpose of the run is to honor all of the Service members lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by running one mile in memory of each one.