Margaret Young walked for her son, Edmond, who was killed in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 22.
Retired Army Sgt. Sean Lewis walked on his artificial right leg, which replaced the limb he lost to an enemy mortar in Iraq three years ago.
And Ray “The Flag Man” DeFrees walked with the $5 American flag he bought in a supermarket after Sept. 11. He has padded the staff with insulation and loves to let others feel what it’s like to carry the Stars and Stripes.
They were among thousands of marchers who joined the Defense Department’s third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk yesterday, held to remember the victims of Sept. 11 and to honor those in uniform.
The participants, most wearing special white “Freedom Walk” T-shirts, assembled at the Lincoln Memorial and stepped off to the strains of a John Philip Sousa march at 9:15 a.m. for the mile-and-a-half walk to the Pentagon.
The event was one of two scheduled locally to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Later in the day, about 800 people strolled down the sidewalk on the northeast side of Massachusetts Avenue NW for the 9/11 Unity Walk, an annual effort by more than 100 churches, temples, synagogues and embassies to recall what the program said was “the spirit of togetherness” that grew from the attacks. It was coordinated by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
Many unity walkers wore bright green T-shirts as they went from the Washington Hebrew Congregation, paused at the Islamic Center and wound up at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Massachusetts Avenue and 21st Street NW. (MORE)