Freedom Walk Honors 9/11 Victims and Troops

Phil Terry
Phil Terry
Karl Kiyokawa
Karl Kiyokawa

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Some people spent the day showing their patriotism in Freedom Walks. The parades were held in dozens of cities across the country.

Several hundred kids marched in support of America's troops and to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. The walk happened just off of Valkenburgh and Main Streets.  Phil Terry lives in the neighborhood near Hickam Air Base. Terry, who is a minister, said it was great to see this kind of patriotism on the anniversary.

"It also a moment for us to demonstrate our patriotism not just what happened on 9/11, but also for what is going on now," he said.  "And, to remember those brave men and women who are sacrificing a lot for us as we are fighting the war against terrorism."

As he watched the young kids wave their kids and march, he realized many of them are not old enough to remember what happened, while others weren't even born when the tragedy hit six years ago.

"To see these children who, as you pointed out, have no knowledge what went on but they are growing in that knowledge and they are being brought together by that knowledge.  It is exciting; it is turning bad things into good," he said.

Karl Kiyokawa who marched in the parade with co-workers feels the same.

"It is nice to have events like this because as they grow up and they participate in events like this as it's sustained it will start sticking with them," she said.  'It will become a part of their culture as growing up.  So, I think this is wonderful."

Those participating in this Freedom Walk, said it is a grass roots parade; one that they hope will grow with each generation for years to come.

"I think it would be wonderful, whether we are at war or not it's just a wonderful way to remember and to show our patriotism for our country," said Kiyokawa.

The "America Supports You" Freedom Walks were also held overseas in places like Kuwait, Korea, Japan, Italy and Canada.  The walks were organized by Operation Home Front.

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