The primary purpose is to raise awareness of the Law Enforcement Officers that have died in the Line of Duty. The Honor Hike Foundation was formed solely to honor the fallen men and women of Law Enforcement. The best way we can do this is to never forget their sacrifice. Our secondary purpose is to assist those who are left behind.
The Honor Hike Foundation was created in 2018 by a small group of Active and Reserve Law Enforcement Officers who wanted to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers from around the United States. To show the honor, dedication and perseverance that Law Enforcement Officers have for their fallen brothers and sisters, the founders decided to create a moving memorial.
On May 2nd 2019, members of the Honor Hike Foundation took to the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Carrying nothing but the gear they needed to survive, a Thin Blue Line American flag, and 158 Honor Tags bearing the names of each fallen Officer from 2018, they headed North 158 miles. They ended the 158 mile memorial near Bryson City, NC closing out their first annual Fallen Honor Hike. With the success of the Honor Hike, the founders formed a non-profit organization to help build awareness and assist the families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers.
This June the Honor Hike Foundation will be starting their 3rd annual Honor Hike. This year they have opened the doors to fellow Law Enforcement and Military members and have formed a team of seven honor hikers that will take-on the 360 mile collective hike.
To this day, the Honor Hike Foundation has completed two Fallen Officer Honor Hikes and two Suicide Awareness hikes. Members and volunteers have collectively hiked over 3250 miles to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officers. These events have helped build awareness of the issues Officers face across the United States. Because of their growing support, the Honor Hike Foundation was able to launch their "Request Assistance" program. This program helps family members of fallen officers connect with the Honor Hike team so they can request assistance for issues related to the loss of their loved one.