STATE

Freedom Walk will honor those killed in Sept. 11 attacks

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The second annual 1 ½-mile Freedom Walk to honor the 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18th, at Milan American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave., Milan.

The public event is family-oriented, and is open to men, women and children. All Freedom Walkers will be treated to a light lunch of hot dogs, bratwursts, and chips following the walk. There is no charge to participate in the event, but free-will donations are encouraged to support community activities sponsored by the Milan American Legion.

Freedom Walk participants will gather in front of the Post. Following a few brief comments, Legion members will lead the walkers on the trek along the paved Hennepin Canal walkway. Pre-registration is not required.

The 1 ½-mile walk is one of numerous Freedom Walks around the country, and is a visible way to renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country while remembering the people who were killed by the terrorists. A flag containing the names of the people killed in the attacks will be on display at the Post.

Post Adjutant Norman Dunlap said the 1 ½-mile route was chosen because the steps to cover that distance roughly equate to the number of people killed in the attacks.

There is no rain date for the Freedom Walk, he said. “The people who died that day didn’t have a choice after they boarded the ill-fated planes taken over by the terrorists,” he said, “and although we have a choice, we will walk -- rain-or-shine -- to commemorate their fate.”