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Fernandina Beach Freedom Walk

September 3, 2009

fernandina-beachAs we approach the eighth anniversary of 9/11, now is the time to reflect upon and pay tribute to those protecting our country and fighting the war against terrorism. We are pleased to announce the formation of the First Fernandina Beach Freedom Walk, which marks the tragic events of 9-11-2001 and pays tribute to citizens who perished during that defining day in U.S. history. The goal of our Freedom Walk is to join with and continue a national tradition of remembrance of lives lost, recognition of the first responders who served and sacrificed on that day and those who continue with their service to

our communities every day, and renewal of our commitment to freedom and the values of our country. We invite members of law enforcement, fire, EMS, active and veteran military, service agencies and citizens and guests of our community to stand and walk together as a display of pride in our nation.

Participants are encouraged to congregate at the Gazebo in Central Park from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2009. We will commence our Freedom Walk at 5:30 p.m., walking west along the sidewalks of Atlantic Avenue and Centre Street, ending at the Veteran’s Monument at the foot of Centre Street. A short patriotic program will begin at 6 p.m., with brief comments to be given by leaders of our community, including Fernandina Beach Mayor Susan Steger, State Representative Janet Adkins, City Police Chief Jim Hurley and City Fire Chief Dan Hanes, along with other guests and entertainment. At the conclusion, everyone is free to walk leisurely back to their vehicles.

This event is being coordinated on behalf of the City of Fernandina Beach by Susan Parry and Sandy Price. “This family-spirited event will be a fun way to put aside our political differences and get the entire community involved in the celebration of our freedom, our way of life, and the goodness of America” said Price. “It’s time to remember and come together as a country,” Parry said. “It’s important to also honor those who are still continuing to take care of us.”

Numerous other Freedom Walks are planned around the country to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and to honor America’s past and present military veterans as well as our fire fighters and police. The Defense Department’s America Supports You program is sponsoring the main Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C. Other Freedom Walks, such as ours, are independently organized. For more information about the Fernandina Beach Freedom Walk, contact Susan Parry at 904-261-0701 x. 117 or Sandy Price at 904-206-0756.

Flags will be distributed to the first 500 participants in the Fernandina Beach Freedom Walk to carry and wave during the event. The Freedom Walk is FREE for one and all and will be held RAIN or SHINE.

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