EVENTS & PROGRAMS 

Honor Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Hall angled shot, the hall is empty Honor Our Fallen Heroes program, honoring and celebrating the service and sacrifice of those U.S. Naval Academy alumni killed in the service of their country. Over 2,500 alumni have paid the ultimate price in combat or in training for combat, have their names inscribed in the white granite walls of the Naval Academy’s Memorial Hall, and are memorialized online in Virtual Memorial Hall, a website curated by the Run To Honor Shared Interest Group. Each fall, we welcome the families of these fallen heroes back to Annapolis, MD, for a memorial service in USNA's Memorial Hall, a luncheon in their honor at the Fluegel Alumni Center, and a moment of silence at a Naval Academy football game to come together in reverence for their service and sacrifice.

The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation sincerely thanks all those who attended and supported our 11th annual Honor Our Fallen Heroes event on 11 November 2023. We welcomed 230 USNA gold star family members and family escorts back to Annapolis to honor and celebrate the lives of 36 fallen heroes - Naval Academy alumni who were killed in action or in training for combat. 

Watch a video of the event, featuring gold star family members sharing parts of their story about their heroes.

See photos from the event and photos from the Capital Gazette from the memorial service in Memorial Hall, featuring our guest speaker LtGen John Sattler '71, USMC (Ret.).

Watch the recognition and moment of silence at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in honor of our fallen and their families.

We are already planning the 12th annual event in the fall of 2024. If you are a family member of one of our fallen heroes and have not received any information regarding our annual event, please email Gwenn Dennis, Director of Legacy Programs and Memorial Services, for information.

We Remember:

Watch these videos of past events:

2023 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2022 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2021 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2020 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2019 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2018 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2017 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2016 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2015 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2014 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

2013 Honor Our Fallen: Watch Video

One of the USNA AA&F's Shared Interest Groups is Run to Honor. Started by members of the Class of 1995, Run to Honor strives to honor Naval Academy alumni lost in combat or military operations in service to our Nation – all the names in Memorial Hall. Run to Honor has created a Virtual Memorial Hall – to perpetuate the memory of alumni of the United States Naval Academy who have died in service to their country.

Run to Honor needs input from family and friends to make the Virtual Memorial Hall a success. Please visit the following link at USNA Memorial Hall and learn more about our fallen. To add information for your family member, please send photos, stories, anecdotes, and anything else that will help keep their memories alive to Pat McConnell '02.