The Freedom Walk began in Geary County Schools as a way to recognize the heroism shown, a nation united and the loved ones lost on September 11, 2001. Many parents and community members joined students for the annual walks at schools to remember and honor those that have served and continue to serve our country.
Ware Elementary celebrated their Freedom Walk on Friday, September 8, 2017 by hosting an assembly, singing songs in remembrance. They then walked around the neighborhood like a parade. They were greeted by supporting neighbors who stepped out onto their porches to see the students pass by. The walk ended with Junction City High School’s band playing for the students. Washington Elementary celebrated the same day, walking to the Junction City Fire Department and singing a song in remembrance.
Other schools such as Lincoln Elementary celebrated their Freedom walk on Monday, September 11. Lincoln Lions walked to Junction City High School with local firefighters and police officers where they climbed the stairs at the stadium. Fort Riley Middle School students had the opportunity to walk the track as well as the local trails in remembrance of September 11. Students at the Early Childhood Center paraded around the building, led by the Junction City High School Color Guard. Morris Hill also participated in the Freedom walk in the afternoon by hosting a speaker, Retired Sergeant Major Anthony Dokes