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People hold a Freedom Walk banner as they prepare to walk from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of people turned out for this year's Freedom Walk, which is a national tradition that calls on people to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, remember those who responded, honor America's veterans past and present and renew the nation's commitment to freedom and the values of our country.

Freedom Walk 2008Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England (in hat and sunglasses), leads walkers during the America Support You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of walkers joined in the national walk, which went from the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the crash site at the Pentagon.A bagpiper plays during the America Support You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Drum and bugle corps from New York City, Philadelphia and Washington marched in the Freedom Walk.RoseAnn Lynch sings the national anthem during the start of the 2008 America Supports You Freedom Walk at the foundation's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of people turned out for this year's Freedom Walk, which is a national tradition that calls on people to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, remember those who responded, honor our veterans past and present and renew America's commitment to freedom and the values of our country.Walkers leave the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary during the America Support You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of walkers joined in the national walk, which went from Arlington to the crash site at the Pentagon.Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, front right, and his wife, Sandee, walk during the America Support You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of walkers joined in the national walk, which went from the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the crash site at the Pentagon.A Young Marine holds the American flag during the America Support You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of walkers joined in the national walk, which went from the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the crash site at the Pentagon.Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England speaks during the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom walk at the foundation's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of people turned out for this year's Freedom Walk, which is a national tradition that calls on people to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, remember those who responded, honor our veterans past and present and renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country.

Thousands Take Part in America Supports You Freedom Walk

The 4th annual America Supports You Freedom Walk kicks off at the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. The walk is a national tradition that calls on people to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, remember those who responded, honor our veterans past and present and renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country.  Defense Dept. photo by Leslie BenitoWASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 – An assembly of thousands gathered this morning at the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery, the starting point of the fourth annual America Supports You Freedom Walk.
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Groups Share Missions with Freedom Walk Participants

Becky Mizener (far right) of Packed with Pride, a supporter of America Supports You, hands out pamphlets to participants of the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk Sept. 7, 2008, at the Pentagon after completing the walk. Nearly 10,000 people are estimated to have taken part in the walk to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Defense Dept. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael CardenWASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 – While the fourth annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk was winding down for its nearly 10,000 participants, the day’s activities were just beginning for troop-support groups set up in the Pentagon's South Parking lot.
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Family Members, Troops, Veterans Join Freedom Walk

Army Staff Sgt. Chad Atkinson walked with his family in the fourth annual America Supports You Freedom Walk. Joining him are his wife, Sylvia, right; daughter Mackenzie, 9, far left; daughter Rylia, 11, left; and 16-day-old daughter, Sophie. Defense Dept. photo by Donna MilesWASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 – Participants in the fourth annual Freedom Walk came to honor loved ones, friends and coworkers lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and to honor servicemembers who continue to sacrifice to defend the freedoms attacked that day. Read Story 
 

Freedom Walk Ends With Musical Tribute

William Lee Golden, a member of the Oak Ridge Boys, sings during a concert after the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. The event honors those who died during the Sept. 11, 2008, terrorists attacks. Defense Dept. photo by Linda HosekWASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2008 – Nearly 10,000 people walked the mile between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as part of today’s fourth annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk.
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Local Walks

Ohio Remembrance Gives Meaning to Sacrifice

Scott Warner pauses while addressing participants in Sebring, Ohio's third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, 2008. Warner's son, Marine Pvt. Heath D. Warner, was killed Nov. 22, 2006, while serving in Iraq’s Anbar province. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. QuigleySEBRING, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2008 – Significance is meaningless without sacrifice. That was the message more than 100 people heard yesterday after completing Sebring's third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk. Read Story 
 

Kadena Air Base Students Honor 9/11 With Walk, Lessons

Naijah Woods, a fifth grader at Stearley Heights Elementary School on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, puts finishing touches on a poster she will carry during her school's 9/11 Freedom Walk. Defense Dept. photo by Charles SteitzWASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2008 - Freedom Walks, special bulletin board displays and moments of silence marked the seventh anniversary of 9/11 at Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.
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California Freedom Walk Honors 9/11 Victims

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2008 – Close to 200 people, from college students to police officers, walked nearly a mile yesterday in Orange, Calif., to honor all the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Shauna Fleming, 19, founder of the nonprofit group "A Million Thanks" - a home-front group of the Defense Department's America Supports You program - was the event director and organizer. Read Story 
 
Photo Essays
 
From left: Carlos M. Gutierrez, secretary of commerce, Gordon England, deputy secretary of defense, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, take part in the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk from Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008.
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Members of the Shenandoah Valley Young Marines from Front Royal, Va., march in the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Linda Hosek
Children from Ryuku Middle School on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, conduct a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angelique Perez

Children from Ryuku Middle School on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, conduct a Freedom Walk on Sept. 11, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angelique Perez