• FORT CARSON, Colo. -- More than 700 runners and walkers take part in the 2011 Freedom Walk and Run at Ironhorse Park Sept. 9, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event closed with the unfurling of the world's largest U.S. flag.

    1,800 unite to honor lives lost

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- More than 700 runners and walkers take part in the 2011 Freedom Walk and Run at Ironhorse Park Sept. 9, commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event closed with the unfurling of the world's largest U.S. flag.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Soldiers, Family members and friends of Fort Carson support the stars and stripes of the world's largest U.S. flag Sept. 9 in Ironhorse Park to conclude the Fort Carson Freedom Walk and Run commemoration ceremony that honored the memories of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and servicemembers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of the nation.

    1,800 unite to honor lives lost

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Soldiers, Family members and friends of Fort Carson support the stars and stripes of the world's largest U.S. flag Sept. 9 in Ironhorse Park to conclude the Fort Carson Freedom Walk and Run commemoration ceremony that honored the...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Fort Carson Soldiers, Families and community members unfurl the "Super Flag" Sept. 9 at Ironhorse Park to conclude the 2011 Freedom Walk and Run to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the servicemembers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation since. It took 650 people to unfurl the 255 foot by 505 foot stars and stripes, the world's largest American flag. About 1,800 people united in Ironhorse Park for the commemorative ceremony.

    1,800 unite to honor lives lost

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Fort Carson Soldiers, Families and community members unfurl the "Super Flag" Sept. 9 at Ironhorse Park to conclude the 2011 Freedom Walk and Run to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the servicemembers who have paid the...

FORT CARSON, Colo. -- The Fort Carson community honored the memories of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and those who have subsequently given their lives in service of their country with a 5-kilometer commemorative run at Ironhorse Park Sept. 9.

About 1,800 people gathered in Ironhorse Park to participate in the 2011 Freedom Walk and Run and observed the unfurling of the largest U.S. flag in the world, the "Superflag," a 255 by 505 foot flag that required 650 people to unfold.

Fort Carson's sixth annual Freedom Walk and Run marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"A (commemorative) run lets all participants reflect and remember what started the war on terrorism," said Lorri Martindale, event organizer and facilities manager for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "The time spent during the walk and run together as one united team will bring closeness and remembrance of those who lost their lives on that day."

"It was a high tempo run. People were excited and a lot of families were out there," said Pvt. Taylor Day, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Guests were invited onto the field in Ironhorse Park to hold up the middle of the "Superflag" as it was unfurled over them at the ceremony's conclusion.

"I've always had red, white and blue in my blood," said Jim Alexander, a retired Coast Guard commander and owner of the Superflag.

"The remembrance of 9/11 is very important. It's a major event in American history, a major tragedy that proves the resilience of the American spirit," said Sarah Caldwell, wife of Spc. David Caldwell, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.

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