Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sandy Creek Senior Leads the Way in 2nd Annual Freedom Walk

FL Note: The efforts and passion of this Sandy Creek High School Senior are encouraging. We must keep our history alive. For Caitlin's dedication to this cause, we proudly award her with our "4 Chocolate Covered Strawberry" rating.

By Brenda Smith

Special to the Fayette Front Page

Photo on left: Organizer Caitlin Dillon proudly leads local citizens who walked in the Freedom Walk.

Take a rising senior with passion and a vision, and the next thing you know there is an America Supports You Freedom Walk in Peachtree City on September 6th.

In an effort to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and to rejuvenate the spirit of American patriotism that immediately followed those attacks, parades were organized around the country. Caitlin teamed with Randy Gaddo, advisor and planner of Patriot Day, and they combined their two groups into one parade with one consistent theme - remember 9/11.

Approximately 130 people, including a group of World War II veterans, walked and/or rode in the parade which ended at the Commemorative Air Force hangar at Falcon Field for a Patriot Day Program. Awaiting the parade participants were over 200 supporters of the combined events, the band from Bennett's Mill Middle School, the Peachtree City Wind Ensemble and Music Alive. The featured speaker was Mrs. Rae Pressley-King, principal of Bennett's Mill Middle School who was a child of a military family and was herself a former Army helicopter pilot.

Actually, this is the 2nd walk that Caitlin has organized and she even plans to continue with preparations for a 3rd one while she prepares for college next summer.

For efforts, Caitlin received the National Patriotism Award from the National Museum of Patriotism which is located in Atlanta.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in or supported this worthwhile event and made it a success.

Veterans of the Greatest Generation are assisted by local youth in carrying the banner.

Photo credits: Brenda Smith

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