FREEDOM WALKS ARE EXPANDING

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Forwarded by YNCS Don Harribine, USN (Ret)

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2006 – Momentum continues to build as 48 U.S. cities — a number that continues to grow — prepare to sponsor America Supports You Freedom Walks to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks.

The first Freedom Walk, inaugurated Sept. 11, 2005, in Washington, D.C., attracted more than 15,000 participants, including family members who lost loved ones in the attacks.

The walk proved to be so meaningful to those involved that Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, hopes to make it a nationwide observance.

“We knew that it would be a powerful moment when civilians from all walks of life and family members who lost loved ones and (Department of Defense) employees who lost coworkers came together and simply said, ‘We won’t forget,’” Barber said.

But the synergy that occurred when 15,000 people who began the walk at the Pentagon crash site met up with family members of the victims just leaving a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery took even Barber by surprise.

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