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Simi Valley Freedom Walk to Thank Troops
American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley

Posted on 08/31/2006 6:32:01 PM PDT by SandRat

Simi Valley Freedom Walk to Thank Troops

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2006 – Simi Valley, Calif. -- home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library -- is planning a Freedom Walk to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to show the community’s support for the nation’s servicemembers.

“Simi Valley is a very patriotic city,” said Debbie Gregory, one of the event’s planners. “We respect our troops, and we want to show our support, and what a wonderful way to be able to do it.”

Gregory is president of Military Connection, an Internet-based resource of information for servicemembers and their families, and a member of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program. Military Connection and the Reagan Library are co-hosting the nearly two-mile walk that will take place Sept. 11 at 5 p.m., Gregory said.

As of this morning, 112 similar Freedom Walks are scheduled in 49 states and the District of Columbia to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and to honor America’s military veterans, past and present. The local events around the country parallel the Washington, D.C., Freedom Walk, scheduled Sept. 10 and sponsored by the DoD’s America Supports You program. America Supports You spotlights ways the American people and the nation’s corporate sector support U.S. servicemembers.

With help of local businesses and civic organizations, the Simi Valley event hosts are distributing 30,000 fliers to announce the event. Some of those fliers will go home with area schoolchildren in a packet of weekly announcements, Gregory said.

“Because the Reagan (Library) is involved, and they have the reach they do, we have the ability to put them in all the packets,” Gregory said. “There’s no better way to reach people in a community than through their children and the packet that comes home the first week of school.”

The walk will begin with an opening ceremony in the courtyard of the Reagan Library. A color guard from the Ventura County Marine Corps League and VIP speakers are scheduled to participate, Gregory said.

“We’re hoping to receive confirmation from the Simi High School Band,” she added.

The first 500 people to arrive will receive small American flags. T-shirts purchased with cash donations from local newspapers will go to the first 750 walkers.

Water and refreshments will be available, thanks to area grocers, and the Ventura County Red Cross will be on hand to distribute the water. Shuttles, provided by an area business, also will be available to return walkers from the park below the library where the walk concludes, to their cars in the library’s parking lot.

“The driveway is about a mile straight up,” Gregory said.

At first, organizing a Freedom Walk on a tight schedule seemed nearly impossible to Gregory. Then she realized the importance of the day.

“It’s important to all those people who lost their lives, all the people fighting the war on terror,” she said. “The very least we can do is put ourselves out and say, ‘Hey, thank you. You’re important.’

“We owe the biggest sincere thanks to the people out there that are fighting this war on terror, that are keeping America safe,” she added.

Information for people interested in organizing Freedom Walk observances in their communities is available at the America Supports You Freedom Walk Web site.

Related Sites:
Military Connection
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
America Supports You
Freedom Walk

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: California
KEYWORDS: fifthanniversary; freedom; freedomwalk; simi; simivalley; thank; thankyou; troops; valley; walk

1 posted on 08/31/2006 6:32:02 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...


2 posted on 08/31/2006 6:32:23 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Rabid Dog; bd476

Ventura County Ping from 3000 miles away...

3 posted on 08/31/2006 7:19:33 PM PDT by merry10
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To: Bernard Marx; pacpam; hoppity; MayflowerMadam; capitan_refugio; Kviteseid; Val E. Girl; merry10; ...

Ventura County Ping!

4 posted on 08/31/2006 7:25:45 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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5 posted on 08/31/2006 11:03:54 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence applies in all cases)
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To: cowboy_code; Hi Heels; Boomer Geezer; OnTheDress; Rodd OB; dpwiener

Simi Valley Ping

6 posted on 09/01/2006 7:37:02 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: merry10

Hey, there, Merry!! Howzit back there in America?

This event sounds great -- but we'll have to miss this one since we're flying east on 9/8 for a couple weeks.

7 posted on 09/05/2006 1:16:23 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: MayflowerMadam

Pennsylvania, USA, is great. Over the weekend we went down to DC (2 hours) to visit my brother, who just moved here a couple weeks ago. You guys enjoy your trip to the east coast; the weather is mild now. Maybe you will catch some good colors!

8 posted on 09/05/2006 2:44:51 PM PDT by merry10
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To: SandRat

Simi Valley Ping!

Thanks SandRat!

Great to see Simi Valley on FR!

9 posted on 07/24/2007 9:02:00 AM PDT by Jackapoozee (What happen to common sense?!)
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