Jared Landaker was a young man; bright and cheerful, dedicated and determined to succeed. After graduating from Big Bear High School in 1999 and then with his degree in physics from University of LaVerne Jared was commissioned into the Marine Corps as a pilot of the CH-46. This is something family and friends say he had wanted to do forever; he then headed to Iraq to be the pilot on a medical helicopter mission taking injured soldiers to safety. On February 7, 2007 Jared, along with 6 others, died when their helicopter crashed in Al Anbar Province of Iraq just 2 weeks short of the end of his tour.
For the past 7 years his family, along with the support of their small Southern California town of Big Bear, has held the 1st Lt. Jared Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom. This year’s run will be held August 23, hosting both a 5k and a 10k along the beautiful scenic routes that the town has to offer. Proceeds from this run go to the Seven Stars Foundation.
The Seven Stars Foundation, Inc. was established on February 7, 2007 in honor of Morphine One-Two, a US Marine Corps CH-46 Casevac helicopter, which was shot down in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, killing all seven crew members. The purpose of this Foundation is to make a positive impact on the children of both wounded and fallen military personnel through financial, emotional, and educational assistance. The Seven Stars Foundation, Inc. sponsors these children to a local camp in Big Bear Lake to help them establish lasting bonds with other grieving children.
To participate in this year’s Memorial Run for Freedom in Big Bear please see their website, there is still time to sign up and support the children of our fallen warriors.