Freedom Walk Planned September 11

Freedom walk planned at KHS, Buckley Stadium
By: Todd Martin

The Killeen community will pause midweek to remember once again a tragedy that brought unity.
On Wednesday, September 11, for the 14th year, Killeen High School will host an assembly in memory of the terrorist attacks that day in 2001 and will continue with a freedom walk at adjacent Leo Buckley Stadium.
The event, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m.
Representatives of area police and fire departments will join city and school district leaders and students from all four Killeen ISD high schools will participate.
This year’s speaker is hardly a guest. State Rep. Brad Buckley is set to address the annual gathering.
The local veterinarian and Ellison High School graduate was serving on the KISD Board of Trustees when the attack occurred in 2001. In fact, he was on his way to a board committee meeting that morning.
“I hope to speak to the students who are there,” Buckley said Tuesday of his plans for addressing the audience at the freedom walk next week. “Most of them weren’t born yet, so I’d like to be a link for them to explain what it was like.”
While the tragedy of 9/11 impacted a nation and the world, Buckley pointed out that the impact was even more deeply profound for a place like Killeen, as it led to a series of combat deployments that changed the community forever.
“As we get further from the date, it’s important to remember how that tragedy brought us together,” he said. “We banded together for a common purpose. We are much better off together than we are divided.”
Also, the event at Killeen High School and Leo Buckley Stadium brings together a community to honor law enforcement officers and military personnel and Gold Star Families.
The day and the event provides a time of remembering the hard work of first-responder law enforcement and the commitment of soldiers. “They protect us daily,” he said. “We should all strive to be more like them.”
In addition to the ceremony and walk for the public, many schools in the area will conduct hallway parades and activities in conjunction with Fort Hood adopt-a-school units to remember the loss of 9/11 and to celebrate the heroes of that day and this day.