North Carolina Town Adds Freedom Walk

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 - Waxhaw, N.C., will be awash in red, white and blue Sept. 9, as the town holds a Freedom Walk and "Waving Patriotism" event to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and honor servicemembers, past and present.

Hosted by Flags Across the Nation, a nonprofit group that promotes patriotism, the events and walk will begin with a welcome ceremony at 11 a.m. near the town's Memorial Wall and fire station and conclude at 5 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to write letters and create patriotic art for the troops. They can also brush up on flag etiquette, including how to properly fold an American flag, as well as recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

While the activities are geared toward children, adults -- and pets -- are invited to participate, event organizers said in a news release. In addition, anyone with a flag in need of a proper retirement can bring it to a designated collection point during the event.

A flag retirement ceremony is planned for the same evening at 7, the release said. The American Legion will hold the ceremony at the Museum of the Waxhaws.

Flags Across the Nation is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting ways the American people and the corporate sector support the nation's servicemembers.

The Waxhaw walk is one of more than 120 similar walks being held in all 50 states to remember those who lost their lives Sept. 11 and to honor America's military veterans, past and present. Local events around the country parallel the Washington, D.C., Freedom Walk scheduled for Sept. 10 and sponsored by the America Supports You program.

Information for people interested in organizing Freedom Walk observances in their communities is available at the America Supports You Freedom Walk Web site.

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