Approximately 1,700 students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents of USD 207 Fort Leavenworth took part in the annual Freedom Walk on Monday morning at the military installation.

The 10th annual event was held on Patriot Day to remember those who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Students and their teachers walked from their schools to the event, which was held at Normandy Field.

“This 10th annual Freedom Walk is to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11,” said retired Col. Myron Griswold, president of the USD 207 Board of Education.

Four students recited essays they had written about freedom. The students were Allison Geisler, a sixth-grader at Bradley Elementary School, Josiah McDaneld, a sixth-grader at Eisenhower Elementary School, Roslyn Vaughn, a sixth-grader at MacArthur Elementary School, and Samantha Lendo, a ninth-grader at Patton Junior High School.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 1, 2001, when two passenger airplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center. Another aircraft was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. And another airplane was hijacked and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania when passengers tried to take back control of the plane.

“Since that day, our country has never been the same,” said guest speaker Col. Edward Bohnemann, chief of staff of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth.

Bohnemann thanked educators in the school district for teaching the students about patriotism.

The event featured the posting of the colors by the Leavenworth JROTC color guard and patriotic songs by the Patton Singers and three school district music teachers.

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