Thousands March To Mark Anniversary Of Sept. 11, Honor The Troops and Spread A Message of Peace

September 10, 2007

Author: Michael E. Ruane and Jay Mathews

Source: Washington Post

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.