FORT HOOD, Texas – Twelve years ago, the United States was attacked by terrorists. The World Trade Center in New York City was destroyed, thousands lost their lives, and millions more were forever impacted by this travesty.
Twelve years later, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade and students at Manor Middle School, most of whom were barely able to walk at the time of the attack, took time to honor those who were lost Sept. 11, 2001.
Students, faculty, soldiers, local law enforcement and volunteers from the local Armed Services YMCA participated in Manor Middle School’s second annual Freedom Walk in Killeen, Texas, Sept. 10.
Antionette Wiggins is the Armed Services YMCA Child Care Director in Killeen, Texas, and she has been participating in the Freedom Walk since its inception.
A retired soldier herself, Wiggins loves being out with the kids, their parents and the soldiers.
“I love to see the soldiers, especially with the kids, because they’ve got a lot of people, parents and friends that are in the military. I love to see this cohesion. … I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world,” she said.
More than 50 schools in the Killeen Independent School District celebrate Freedom Week with walks, projects and programs every year. For the students at Manor Middle School, this is a tradition that people like Washington and Wiggins hope to see continue for years to come.
Some of our child care staff got to participate in the annual Freedom Walk in remembrance of 9/11. They walked along side students of Manor Middle School, and soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade. This year marked the 12th year since that frightful morning. The Freedom Walk is a tribute to the men and woman that lost their lives that September morning, also for the service men and women that have served before and after. We are honored to be a part of this annual event.