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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: America Supports You Freedom Walks
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117 Cities Across All 50 States to Commemorate Victims of 9/11 with America Supports You Freedom Walks

9/1/2006 11:35:00 AM


To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Benjamin Becker, 202-414-0781 or 909-815-5924, or ben@asyfreedomwalk.com , or Michelle Shortencarrier, 202-615-7152 or 703-401-1862, or michelle@asyfreedomwalk.com , both of ASY Freedom Walks

News Advisory:

117 cities across all 50 states and the District of Columbia will host America Supports You Freedom Walks to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., and to honor veterans, past and present. The first Freedom Walk, held last year in Washington, D.C., brought together 15,000 walkers to reflect on the attacks and to remember those who lost their lives that day and has inspired thousands of Americans across the nation to come together to establish Freedom Walk traditions in all corners of the country, from Chicago to Atlanta and Anchorage to Honolulu. They are being organized by grassroots efforts, through schools and universities, and with the aid and support of civic leaders, veterans groups, non-profit organizations and citizens from both rural and metropolitan communities.

"The Freedom Walk is being embraced by thousands of Americans because we need a way to come together, as a nation, to reflect on what happened that day. This overwhelming response to the Freedom Walk, with walks in every state of the union, really speaks to the American spirit and those values that we, as Americans, cherish. This is the country uniting to say, 'We will not forget,'" said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of Defense and architect of the America Supports You program.

City officials and civic leaders are joined by thousands of individuals, organizations and public and private entities nationwide who are banding together in dozens of communities to establish the Freedom Walk as a new national tradition of patriotic support. In Sebring, Ohio, nine-year-old Colton Lockner is organizing a Freedom Walk for the town's nearly 5,000 residents while in Killeen, Texas, the Killeen Independent School District is hosting a Freedom Walk on every one of its 50 campuses including elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. In addition to Killeen's commitment to commemorating the victims of Sept. 11, the Ft. Hood community will host a separate Freedom Walk at the local high school stadium. Plans for a Freedom Walk in Oklahoma City, Okla., are well underway, with pledged participation from Gov. Brad Henry and former Gov. Frank Keating along with musical performances by The Great Divide and Luke Stricklin, a recently signed country artist and Iraq war veteran who is now touring the country.

The second annual Washington, D.C., Freedom Walk will commence on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on the National Mall and will proceed to the Pentagon ending near the crash site and the location of the future Pentagon Memorial. Concluding the Freedom Walk, noted Opera singer mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will perform a musical tribute. Graves is well remembered as performing "America the Beautiful" and "Lord's Prayer" at the Washington National Cathedral during the memorial service honoring the victims of Sept. 11 on Sept. 14, 2001.

Additionally, two Freedom Walks have also been planned by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and on the Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility base in the Indian Ocean, south of India.

Cities hosting Freedom Walks include:

Alabama: Lincoln; Alaska: Anchorage; Arizona: Flagstaff, Glendale, Peoria, St. Johns, Yuma; Arkansas: Little Rock, Piggott; California: Antioch, Central Union ISD, Corona, Huntington Beach, Laguna Woods, Modesto, Sacramento, San Diego, Simi Valley, Willows; Colorado: Aurora/Denver; Connecticut: Rowayton; Delaware: Milford; District of Columbia; Florida: Belleview, Deltona, Inverness, Safety Harbor, Tampa; Georgia: Atlanta, Ft. Stewart, Lakeland, Newnan; Hawaii: Honolulu, Maui, Pearl Harbor; Idaho: Sun Valley; Illinois: Barrington, Chicago; Indiana: Anderson, Crawfordsville, Ft. Wayne, Henryville, Indianapolis, Munster; Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Milo; Kansas: Ft. Riley, Hays; Kentucky: Louisville; Louisiana: Denham Springs; Maine: Eastport; Maryland: Aberdeen, Annapolis, Phoenix; Massachusetts: Brockton; Michigan: Constantine, Dearborn, Dundee; Minnesota: Fairmont; Mississippi: Gulfport; Missouri: Appleton City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Waynesville; Montana: Helena; Nebraska: Bellevue; Nevada: Las Vegas; New Hampshire: Jackson; New Jersey: Fair Lawn, Paterson, North Hanover; New Mexico: White Sands Missile Range; New York: Sackets Harbor; North Carolina: Ft. Bragg, Waxhaw; North Dakota: Grand Forks; Ohio: Oberlin, Sebring; Oklahoma: Enid, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wister; Oregon: Newberg; Pennsylvania: Northgate, Oxford; Rhode Island: Newport; South Carolina: Columbia; South Dakota: Rapid City; Tennessee: Surgoinsville; Texas: Bishop, Copperas Cove, El Paso, Ft. Hood/Killeen, Plano, San Antonio, Uvalde; Utah: Salt Lake City; Vermont: Essex Junction; Virginia: Chesapeake, Poquoson, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach; Washington: Lakewood, Longview; Wisconsin: La Crosse, Milwaukee, Saukville; West Virginia: Sandfork, Boone County; Wyoming: Cheyenne.

The first America Supports 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: To arrange an interview with an America Supports You Freedom Walk spokesperson or for more information about the nationwide initiative, please contact Ben Becker at 202-414-0781 or 909-815-5924 or ben@asyfreedomwalk.com ; or contact Michelle Shortencarrier at 202-615-7152 or 703-401-1862 or michelle@asyfreedomwalk.com.


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 more than 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 e-mails or kind gestures. To learn more about how to can support military personnel, please visit http://www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.




/ 2006 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
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