FORT LEE, Va. (March 21, 2013) -- Everyone in the Fort Lee community is invited to the Virginia War Memorial’s annual 5K Run-Walk to Remember that will take place April 6, starting at 8 a.m., at its 621 S. Belvidere St. location in downtown Richmond.

This event is both a commemoration and a celebration as it honors the sacrifices of U.S. service members past and present, and pays tribute to the veterans and military families who represent a large segment of the commonwealth’s overall population.

The family friendly event includes a kid’s fun run in addition to the 5K events. The longer run-walk route travels through downtown Richmond and near the James River Canal Walk as it winds its way back to the start/finish point near the Virginia War Memorial amphitheater. All ages are invited and strollers are permitted. Awards will go to the overall top three men and women, and there will be additional prizes for active duty military participants.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up early (before March 29) and save. The online registration fee for the run-walk is $25, and it includes a commemorative T-shirt. The cost is lower for the kids fun run events, and all active duty military personnel receive a $5 discount. Wheelchair participants can enter for free. Entry prices increase after April 1, and race day registration is $35. Pre-registered individuals can pick up their race packets as early as April 5, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., at the Virginia War Memorial.

Community members can also show their support for the event by purchasing a memorial flag in honor of a service member killed in action or a deceased veteran. The cost is $10 each. The flags will be displayed along the running route near the memorial on race day.

The commemorative race will be followed by a Veterans Transition Fair from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will feature an assortment of Virginia companies and organizations that offer career opportunities, legal advice, medical screening and other free or discounted services to military veterans and their families. Additionally, there will be historic re-enactors on hand, a military vehicle display and several food vendors.

Come out, bring the kids and enjoy the day as you pay tribute to America’s military. For more information, contact Candi Shelton at (804) 786-2062 or cshelton@vawarmemorial.org. The event website is www.vawaarmemorial.org.