Operation Homefront hosts Freedom Walk in La Crosse on Sept. 11

Free event remembers first responders who gave their lives to help others

Operation Homefront hosted the 13th annual Freedom Walk in Riverside Park in La Crosse on September 11.

The one-mile loop around the Park is meant to remember everyone who gave their lives during 9/11. It’s also a way to say thank you to those still fighting to protect our freedom.

“It’s clear our work to make the world a better place is not done,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat. “There’s a lot of challenges and conflicts and unfortunately people losing their lives all around the world.”

As part of the program, Mayor Kabat and Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen gave remarks, as well as the police and fire chiefs from La Crosse and Onalaska.  Garrison Commander of Ft. McCoy also spoke.

As part of Freedom Walk, Shelby firefighters gave a “twin tower” double water canon salute into the Mississippi River. Walk participants could also touch a small piece of steel beam from one of the World Trade Center Towers provided by the Onalaska Fire Department. Boy scouts handed out American Flags to walkers.

Operation Homefront hosts Freedom Walk in La Crosse on Sept. 11 Operation Homefront hosts Freedom Walk in La Crosse on Sept. 11

Operation Homefront hosts Freedom Walk in La Crosse on Sept. 11Photo Credit: Martha Boehm

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