1,800 unite to honor lives lost
September 15, 2011
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.