On Sept. 11, please join the DEN team and the Military Channel as we partner with America Supports You,
a Department of Defense program recognizing citizens’ support for our
military and communicating that support to members of our Armed Forces
and their families. America Supports You connects citizens and
corporations who are looking for ways to support the military with
homefront organizations that are devoted to helping the troops and
their families. The Military Channel is working with our partners to
spread the word about these significant events.
In 2005, Pentagon employees wishing to create an event that would
commemorate the attack on the Pentagon and honor the lives lost on
September 11, 2001, created what has become a new national tradition,
the America Supports You FREEDOM WALK . On September 11, 2005, over
15,000 people walked from the Pentagon to the National Mall to pay
tribute to those who died? to renew their commitment to freedom and the
values of our country and to honor our veterans, past and present. The
response from people across the country who learned of that first walk
was overwhelming. In 2006, the fifth anniversary of the tragic events
of September 11, 2001, volunteers and America Supports You homefront
groups organized FREEDOM WALKS in every state in the Union, including
more than 130 cities.
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.
This new national tradition continues to grow. We encourage each
city to plan a walk that best fits and exemplifies their community.
Walks can be held early in the morning, during the lunch hour or after
work. They can be held on September 11, or around the date, depending
on local traffic patterns. However they are organized, the America
Supports You FREEDOM WALKS are a wonderful opportunity for cities, work
places, schools, or groups of citizens to gather together and remember
this significant day and those protecting our freedom. FREEDOM WALKS
are also an excellent tool to use as a history lesson for students.