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Cities Nationwide Plan America Supports - You Freedom Walks to Commemorate Victims of 9/11
DoD ^ | 8/1/06

Posted on 08/07/2006 2:36:22 PM PDT by bnelson44


Cities Nationwide Plan America Supports You Freedom Walks to Commemorate Victims of 9/11


Michelle Shortencarrier
202-615-7152 / 703-401-1862

Washington, D.C., to Host Second Annual FREEDOM WALK
FOR RELEASE: August 01, 2006

Washington, D.C. – 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 currently planning Freedom Walks include Peoria, Ariz., Yuma, Ariz., Travis AFB, Calif., Aurora, Colo., Belleview, Fla., Deltona, Fla., Ocala, Fla., Crawfordsville, Ind., Dearborn, Mich., Bellevue, Neb., Grand Forks, N.D., Oklahoma City, Okla., Plano, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and the cities of Chesapeake, Poquoson, Hampton, Norfolk, and Portsmouth in Virginia.

The first AmericaSupports You Freedom Walk, held last year in the nation’s capital, brought together more than 15,000 walkers including family members of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of Congress, administration officials, federal employees, corporate representatives, civic organizations and citizens from across the country.

About America Supports You
America Supports You is an ongoing, nationwide program of the Department of Defense that helps showcase Americans’ support for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Since its launch in November of 2004, the America Supports You program has welcomed over 225 grassroots organizations and more than 25 corporations to its team. Many America Supports You team members support the troops through letter writing, assembling care packages, helping the wounded when they return home, assisting military families or sending an e-mail or kind gesture. To learn more about how you can support military personnel, please visit

To arrange an interview with an America Supports You FREEDOM WALK spokesperson or for more information about the nationwide initiative, please contact Michelle Shortencarrier at 202-615-7152, or 703-401-1862 or e-mail




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1 posted on 08/07/2006 2:36:26 PM PDT by bnelson44
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To: bnelson44; Just A Nobody; kristinn
Taking part in the one last year from the Pentagon to the National Mall was inspiring, seeing all those thousands of people walking to remember that horrible day.

I remember Free Republic barely managed to get a half dozen people out there.

2 posted on 08/07/2006 6:22:14 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: bnelson44
Even trickery last year made no difference.

America Supports You thread, 2005

3 posted on 08/07/2006 6:24:34 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: bnelson44
Wow, look at the FResponse!
4 posted on 08/08/2006 10:18:06 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: bnelson44
I've emailed all the contacts holding Indiana walks, with no replies. May hafta go to Michigan.

It's so depressing to bring up our city's calendar for 9/11/2006, and find that there is nothing being done here to mark the anniversary. :(

5 posted on 08/25/2006 9:01:46 AM PDT by spookycc (Never Forgive! Never Forget!)
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