WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2006 – Las Vegas will remember those lost in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a Freedom Walk on Sept. 9. "We hope this will become an annual commemoration of those we lost on 9/11," said Courtney Wroblewski, a special events planner with the city.
The 2.2-mile loop will begin and end at the Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex at 7901 Washington Ave. Walkers, including Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Councilman Larry Brown, will step out beginning at 7:30 a.m. Las Vegas planners called the walk a time to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, and to "renew our commitment to freedom and the values of the United States."
Planners expect about 500 walkers to participate. Refreshments will be provided for the walkers. "We expect this will grow in the future," Wroblewski said. Local communities across the United States have committed to similar Freedom Walks to remember the victims of 9/11 and to honor the nation's veterans, past and present. The local events around the country parallel the Washington, D.C., Freedom Walk scheduled Sept. 10 and sponsored by the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program.
America Supports You spotlights ways the American people and the nation's corporate sector support U.S. servicemembers. Information for people interested in organizing Freedom Walk observances in their communities is available at the America Supports You Freedom Walk Web site.