Johnstown, Pa. - The 3rd annual Pepsi-Cola "Rolling Remembrance" campaign made a stop in Johnstown Thursday.
In 2015, PepsiCo began this cross-country relay of the American flag to raise awareness of and benefit Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships to kids who lost their parents in action. this event was at the Pepsi offices along industrial Park road in Johnstown. So far this year, PepsiCo has raised more than $70,000.
Here's the official release for more information:
PepsiCo North America Beverages' "Rolling Remembrance" Campaign Will Benefit Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Third annual, 7,000-mile relay honors those who are no longer with us by giving to those they left behind
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and RESTON, Va. - In remembrance of military members who have lost their lives while serving the United States, and in honor of the surviving families, PepsiCo North America Beverages will conduct their third annual relay, "Rolling Remembrance," to help spread awareness for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots).
This year's "Rolling Remembrance" relay will be a 7,000-mile journey that begins in Seattle, Wash. on April 24 and ends in White Plains, N.Y. on May 25. Using normal business routes, U.S. Military Veteran PepsiCo North America Beverages drivers will pass off a flag to each other at 42 different relay points.
Over 97 percent of those killed in military action are men, leaving mothers and children behind. The financial responsibility of raising a family after such a tragedy is extremely difficult. Children of Fallen Patriots provide children of fallen military members an opportunity for a college education by providing college scholarships to children who have lost their parent in the line of duty.
"Rolling Remembrance allows us to recognize the sacrifices of veterans and their families and contribute to a cause we believe in deeply," said Jim Farrell, PepsiCo vice president of logistics, distribution and transportation. "It is an honor to also have the ability to involve our own employees who have served their country, whether it's by giving them the opportunity to drive a leg of the trip or organizing events along the route."
The "Rolling Remembrance" flag was originally flown on a UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom 2012. As the flag moves from region to region, drivers and PepsiCo North America Beverages representatives will show their support locally by cheering on the drivers and taking photos to share on social media - #RollingRemembrance
Awareness is not the only benefit for Fallen Patriots. While the "Rolling Remembrance" flag is relayed at each site, financial participation from the local community is encouraged. There are opportunities for anyone to get involved and support the "Rolling Remembrance" campaign - http://www.fallenpatriots.org/rr
Last year, the "Rolling Remembrance" campaign raised over $100,000 for Fallen Patriots. While incredibly generous, nearly 20,000 children from all across America are still in need of future assistance. Fallen Patriots continues to work to honor those who are no longer with us by giving to those they left behind.
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About Fallen Patriots
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $15 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting fallenpatriots.org/rr .
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