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Hoboken Legion Post 107 Hosting ‘Ruck the River’ on 11/9 to Honor Afghanistan Forces

by Bertha Solis
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Hoboken American Legion Post 107 will host an inaugural outdoor event to honor a group of Afghani soldiers who helped U.S. forces following the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. This event titled “Ruck the River” will be hosted at Pier A Park in Hoboken which will honor Badger Six specifically  — a non-profit charity launched in 2022. It is set to be hosted on November 9th, just two days ahead of  Veterans Day. Read on to learn more about the Ruck The River event in Hoboken and the charity being honored — Badger Six.

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About The Event

On November 9th, Hoboken American Legion Post 107 will host a Ruck the River event at Pier A Park in Hoboken, which is home to the 9/11 memorial. Attendees will participate in a two-mile walk along the Hudson River waterfront. Veterans, first responders, and civilians alike are welcome to attend the event. At 6PM, all participants are expected to gather at the memorial and the walk will kick off at 6:30PM and has an approximate finish time at 7:30PM.

Read More: A Conversation With 3 American Legion Veterans in Hoboken

The term “ruck” is a military term used to signify a hump or forced march, where gear is put into a backpack or “ruck” and is carried over a long distance. The goal of this event is to continue raising funds and bringing awareness to those who fought beside U.S. allies. As well as to continue to support the non-profit charity, Badger Six — whose mission is to provide assistance to the families of the Afghan forces.

“We invite the Tri-State Area, both veterans, first responders, and civilians alike, to. join in this inaugural effort,” said Josh Lees, Coordinator of Ruck the River. He also added, “9/11 was a horrific event that changed the lives of so many. It is our hope that we can help change the lives of those who came to the aid of our great nation in its darkest hour,” via a press release.

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Registration for this event is online now. As it is a physical movement event, the suggested gear to bring is a t-shirt, trousers, comfortable hiking boots or sneakers, a headlamp, and glow sticks. Other optional supplies to bring are extra layers, water, snacks, a raincoat, and spare clothing — which can depend on the weather on the day of the event. Also, the weight of the rucksack should be appropriate based on the participant’s preference but shouldn’t be to the point at which it is uncomfortable.

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About Badger Six 

Badger Six, a non-profit charity that was established in 2022, provides assistance to approximately 30 families of Afghan cavalrymen who fought alongside the CIA’s Team Alpha and the U.S. Army’s Green Berets of ODA 595. The charity aids in bringing provisions like food, medicine, and financial assistance to Afghanistan. It also grants assistance with evacuations and resettlement in third countries, with the ultimate goal of bringing these families to the United States.

See More: Backpacks For Life: Saving Lives One Veteran at a Time

To learn more about this event and Badger Six, check out Hoboken American Legion Post 107’s website here. Be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram + TikTok for all the Hoboken and Jersey City happenings.

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