Celebrating the Lives our Lived

To our fallen American heroes,
your legacies are forever alive.

The Legacies Alive mission is to strengthen and support the Gold Star families of our nation’s fallen heroes and to bring national awareness to the life and character of all service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Founded by combat veterans, we feel a special connection with these families and are deeply committed to our cause.

What We Do

Remembrance

Legacy Projects honor, memorialize, and celebrate the lives of our fallen heroes in the towns where they lived, shared life, and impacted those around them – their families, friends, and community.

Connection

Legacy Events are sponsored occasions that allow Gold Star families to connect with our team, meet other families of the fallen, and experience comfort, healing, and joy together.

Awareness

Legacy Challenges are specifically designed endeavors that take physical and mental challenges to the extreme to bring national awareness to our mission. 

Making a difference...

One family at a time

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Gold Star Family Spotlight

To our nation's Gold Star families, your sacrifice is not forgotten

Carol getting ready to release her balloon in honor of her son, Brian

Carol's Story

Legacies Alive is more than an organization that connects Gold Star families together. It is veterans connecting us and connecting with us, men who have led and served alongside our fallen, have experienced their own loss, and are dedicated to honoring those who have fallen.

When I first learned about Legacies Alive and Mike Viti’s Hiking for Heroes Legacy Challenge, I asked myself, “How can this help me?” But when I met these men who are so passionate about honoring the fallen and supporting their families, they quickly became like family. They and the other Gold Star families I met through the events and challenges have become a integral part of my life as I process the grief. We share a deep bond.  READ MORE  

WHAT IS A GOLD STAR FAMILY?

The term “Gold Star” describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag’s blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star signified the family’s pride in the loved one’s sacrifice rather than the mourning of their personal loss. Many Gold Star families wear the Gold Star lapel pin to signify their pride. The lapel pin displays a Gold Star with a purple background surrounded by a gold wreath and first made its appearance during World War I.

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Legacy Highlights

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Operation Honor through Action 2020
Events

Operation Honor Through Action Run Ruck Ride Row Virtual Challenge

Register now for the Unquiet Professional’s 2020 Virtual Memorial Mile! The Unquiet Professional is dedicated to ‘Making Noise for those who Serve’. The Virtual Memorial Mile will be honoring 5 brave men that paid their final sacrifice in 2013 while serving in Afghanistan. Honor these men by doing whatever motivates you and brings you joy – walk, run, bike, hike, or swim. 100% of donations and 50% of registration (after cost of t shirt) will be donated to a group of charities that supports Gold Star families. 

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Brian Piercy Re-Internment Legacy Project
Current Projects

Brian Piercy Re-Interment at Arlington National Cemetery

Legacies Alive is working with our Gold Star mother, Carol Berberich from Los Angeles, CA, to honor her son with re-interment at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Carol’s son, Brian Piercy, was killed in action in Afghanistan July 19, 2010.  We have raised the funds and have the approvals to re-inter Brian to Arlington at a date to be determined later this year.

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Ben Linkous marching at Fort Benning, GA
Challenges

2020 Mountain Man Memorial March

US Army MSG Ben Linkous led the way in the Virtual Mountain Man Memorial March on Saturday, April 25th in honor of USAF SSGT Dylan Elchin, KIA Afghanistan November 27, 2018. For 2020’s Legacy Challenge, Ben and some of his teammates at Fort Benning, GA marched 26.2 miles while wearing 35-pound rucksacks. Many others from across the nation joined Ben “virtually” by marching, running or walking in their hometowns.

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