Events honor fallen heroes killed in Afghanistan crash one year ago

Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-06 07:13:25-04

It's been one year since a Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, killing everyone on board.

It was carrying Virginia Beach-based Navy SEALs, Naval Special Warfare Support, U.S. airmen and soldiers and Afghan soldiers when it was hit by enemy fire.

30 American troops and a service dog were among those killed.  Ever since, they have become known as the 31 heroes.

The foundation named in their honor commemorated the one year anniversary on Saturday with a huge fundraising event at Waterside in downtown Norfolk.

They held a 31 Heroes "Workout to Remember."

The Crossfit-based event is the main fundraiser for the 31 Heroes Project, started by Hampton Roads locals.

Saturday’s workout was 31 minutes, one minute for each of the heroes.

People in Virginia Beach also held an event to remember the fallen servicemen.

The Extortion 17 Memorial Ride was held to honor their sacrifice and help take care of the families left behind.

The ride kicked off Saturday morning at Clutch Bar and Grill on General Booth Boulevard.

Motorcyclists rode to Knuckles Roadhouse where there was a raffle, an auction and live music.

Proceeds from the day directly benefit the families of those who were killed.