Downtown Muskogee, Inc. is sponsoring Freedom Walk 2011 on Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 a.m.  The Walk will begin in front of the Muskogee Civic Center and then cover two miles along the South Loop of Centennial Trail.  The Freedom Walk is intended to call Americans to reflect upon the lives lost on 9-11-01 and remember their families and those who responded on that fateful day in American history ten years ago.

 

The event is part of a national tradition called “America Supports You Freedom Walk” created by Pentagon employees in 2005 to pay tribute to the heroes of 9-11 and show support for veterans and active duty military personnel.  Since then, communities all across the country have joined in the Freedom Walk. 

 

“We are not aware of another Freedom Walk in Oklahoma, so this is a rare opportunity for folks all over the region to come out for this special event,” states Downtown Muskogee executive director Jonita Mullins. “The Walk will give us an opportunity to reflect and remember and show our respect.”

 

The Freedom Walk will begin with a brief opening ceremony near the flag pole at the Civic Center.  Then participants will walk from the Civic Center to Centennial Trail on South Fifth Street in the Historic Depot District of Muskogee.   Centennial Trail is a converted railroad bed that loops the city. 

 

“Even if you cannot walk the full two miles, we still urge everyone to come out and show your support for our troops,” says Main Street board president Oscar Ray.  “The Trail is quiet and beautiful and is the perfect setting for a walk meant to provide a time of reflection.”

 

The Freedom Walk is free to all participants. We are asking walkers who can to bring care package items to be sent to our troops serving overseas.  For a list of needed items contact Jada Scruggs at 918-681-4050. 

 

Downtown Muskogee would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer to help with this event or future events.  To volunteer, call the Downtown Muskogee office at 918-683-2400.

For more information contact:

Downtown Muskogee, Inc.                                                   

Jonita Mullins                                                                         

918-683-2400                                                                         

muskogeemainstreet@gmail.com