July 5th, 2007, Pasadena, CA- In 2005, Pentagon employees created The America Supports You Freedom Walk to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor all lives lost on September 11. What began as a small gesture has become a new national tradition. Last year, over 135 Freedom Walks of all types and sizes were held across the U.S. To honor the victims of September 11, reflect on the freedoms we have in America, and pay tribute to our veterans, past and present. The National Freedom Walk will be held in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, September 9, 2007, at 9:00 a.m.
Local Freedom Walks will be held across America from September 8-11 in cities, workplaces and schools. Anyone is welcome to host or organize a Freedom Walk, or participate in a walk in their local community. Soldiers' Angels across America are stepping up to volunteer to host walks and volunteer in scheduled events.
FREEDOM WALKS come in many different shapes and sizes. The San Diego, CA walk had an “open course”. People chose a time to walk from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. That worked best with their schedules. In St. Louis, MO all walkers wore yellow t-shirts and formed a “human yellow ribbon” on the Anheuser-Busch Center field. The present Governor and the former Governor of Oklahoma co-chaired the FREEDOM WALK in Oklahoma City attended by over 5,000 people. In Sebring, OH, 9-year-old Colton Lockner organized a FREEDOM WALK for the town’s nearly 3,000 residents with the support of his Mayor and sponsorship for t-shirts from his local Pizza Pan. The College Gate Elementary School in Anchorage, AL walked around their school five times and concluded the event by writing essays on what freedom meant to each of them.
About America Supports You - America Supports You is a Department of Defense program recognizing citizens' support for our military and communicating that support to members of our Armed Forces and their families, at home and abroad. America Supports You connects citizens and corporations who are looking for ways to support the military with home front organizations that are devoted to helping the troops and their families, while also providing a one stop location on the Internet www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil where our military and their families can find hundreds of support organizations eager to help our heroes when they need it most.
To register, volunteer or for further information on the America Supports You Freedom Walk - http://www.americasupportsyou.com/freedomwalk.
Is there any local interest in a Freedom Walk? If any of you in the area are interested, maybe we can get a team together to start working on this.