The Fallen 5 Drive is an annual rolling memorial that leaves Chattanooga, TN for San Francisco, CA to fly the Amnicola American flag from the Golden Gate Bridge to honor their sacrifices.
We drive 500 miles a day for 5 days on 5 different fuels, making a 5,000 mile sacrifice in these men’s honor.
In 2016, one year after the shameless terrorist attack on July 16th, 2015, Joshua Kapellusch and Daniel Hopson – both veterans – took a 5,000 mile trip to honor the Fallen 5 in 2016.
In 2017, two years after the attack the Fallen 5 Drive was made again by Joshua Kapellusch and Michelle Cantrell to fly the saved American flag.
In 2018, 3 years after the attack, Joshua Kapellusch and Mack his dog completed the 3rd Fallen 5 Drive! Thank you to our sponsors, supporters, and partners!
For 2019 Joshua Kapellusch will leave to arrive on the Golden Gate Bridge on September 11th, 2019 to fly that glorious flag once again with your support!
Josh visited the Amnicola Hwy shooting memorial site in Chattanooga, TN one month after that fateful day in July to pay respects to the fallen 4 Marines and 1 Sailor slain in a terrorist attack. He rescued and folded up one of the large memorial flags with an active duty Sailor from the unit. It was hanging from the main entry sign to the training center, a site of the shootings. That very flag was destined to be burned according to proper disposal procedures. In that moment he dedicated himself to make an exhausting 5,000 mile journey across the country one year later to San Francisco where he and Daniel would unfold that very flag one year later, and fly it with pride from the Golden Gate Bridge. It was their way of taking the fight to the enemy – showing courage and solidarity. Semper Fidelis
They left for their journey on July 16th, 2016 from Chattanooga to drive for 5 days straight. They departed from the 1 year dedication ceremony at the Tennessee River where thousands gathered to honor the Fallen 5’s sacrifices. Josh and Daniel made the mission a success by hanging the flag and then arrived back home after 5,000 plus grueling miles, weary but so proud! The mission was complete!
Today, the burning desire to honor the Fallen 5 is driving another plan to make the same mission possible year after year. Josh dedicates himself to making the mission a success every year to help all Americans never forget the sacrifices these 5 men made for our freedoms. The date is set, and we are getting ready. But we need your help. Share this page, contribute funds, and follow our journey to honor the Fallen 5.
Contact Josh for additional details. This page will updated as the date approaches so stay tuned. We need your support!
~ The Fallen 5 Drive Team