Freedom Walk was created by the nonprofit East County Military Families and Friends organization in 2006 as a way to pay homage to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and to renew their commitment to freedom, honor and country. The Walk offers individuals the opportunity to reflect on their rights and freedoms as Americans.
“This is a non-political, non-money event that just continues to grow each year,” said Executive Director and Founder Josie Monaghan. “It’s just an opportunity for people to come out and show their support in a positive way.”
The free event kicks off in front of the old Mervyn’s store at 11 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem by local resident Jessica Caylan. Opening remarks will be given by Lt. Robin Kelley of the Antioch Police Department and followed by the walk around the mall at 11:30 a.m. After the walk, Antioch Mayor Jim Davis and other local dignitaries will offer closing comments.
The Freedom Walk also features live music by the Jessica Caylan Band, and games and activities for families, and food available from local vendors. Nonprofit and service groups are invited to set up information booths and displays free of charge.
“We just want to get the word out that we appreciate their service to our country,” said Monaghan. “Everyone is welcome.”
For more information or booth sign-ups, call Monaghan at 925-779-1340 or e-mail email@example.com or visit www.eastcountymilitary.org.