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Grassroots Way to Support Troops on 9/11

Posted by thelamp on September 7, 2006

 Inspired by the America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C. last year, cities across the nation, both large and small, are planning to hold their own Freedom Walks to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the tragic events in New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon.The America Supports You Freedom Walks will reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and will honor all veterans, both past and present.

The second annual Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C. takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. The walk will start on the National Mall and proceed to the Pentagon ending near the crash site and the site of the future Pentagon Memorial.

Individuals and organizations nationwide are also working hand-in-hand with public and private entities to establish the Freedom Walk as a new tradition of patriotic support.

In Sebring, Ohio, 9-year-old Colton Lockner is organizing a Freedom Walk for the town’s nearly 5,000 residents. Operation Homefront, a San Antonio-based non-profit dedicated to providing assistance to military families, is overseeing Freedom Walks in a number of cities nationwide, and Beacon of Hope, an Aurora, Colo.-based support program connecting civilians with members serving in the military, is planning a walk with tribute performances. Chicago has pledged its support to launch the city’s first Freedom Walk, and Mayors Tammy Moore of Belleview, Fla. and Ernie Currier of Enid, Okla. are among the growing number of city officials creating new Freedom Walk traditions in their hometowns.

Cities and States currently planning Freedom Walks include:

  • Arizona (Peoria and Yuma)
  • Florida (Belleview, Deltona, and Ocala)
  • Nebraska (Bellevue)
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)
  • Texas (Plano)
  • Utah (Salt Lake City)
  • Virginia (Chesapeake, Poquoson, Hampton, Norfolk, and Portsmouth)
  • California (Travis AFB, Antioch, Central Union ISD, Corona, Huntington Beach, Laguna Woods, Modesto, Sacramento, San Diego)
  • Indiana (Crawfordsville)
  • Colorado (Aurora)
  • Michigan (Dearborn)

If you would like to help with a walk, information is available online at:



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