America Supports You Freedom Walks
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many people across America find ways to remember the victims of that tragedy. But when a group of Defense Department employees began a remembrance walk for their fallen coworkers, little did they realize that they were setting an example for people all over the nation.
America Supports You Freedom Walks began in 2004 with one walk and a handful of Defense Department employees. Today, there are hundreds of Freedom Walks all over the country, from the national Freedom Walk in Washington D.C. to smaller ones in communities like Killeen, Texas.
Members of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps spoke with people involved in both the national and local Freedom Walks. Some of them are adults, some of them are kids, and all of them are committed to making sure America never forgets the lives lost on Sept. 11.
Colton Lockner was only 9 years old when he read about America Supports You Freedom Walks. Now, at 11, Colton has set up three walks. They will be held in Lake Milton, Sebring, and Canton; all are cities in Ohio.