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Remembering 9-11 at Kasson's Freedom Walk

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Those in Kasson got together Wednesday to remember those who lost their lives and honor the men and women who keep us safe.

This year was the Sixth Annual America Supports You Freedom Walk.

The event started with a dinner at the American Legion, and then the men and women who gathered there walked from the fire station to Veterans Memorial Park for a ceremony.

For those that filled the streets with flags, the evening was much more.

"It's a sad day," said retired Marine Keith Schultz. "It never should have happened, but we're here to protect our freedoms. And that's why I'm here."

It doesn't matter who you are.

"I will be a Marine until the day I die," Schultz said.

"I was in Fort Knox in my eighth week of basic training for the U.S. Army when 9-11 happened," said Officer Jesse Kasel of the Kasson Police Department.

"My son is in the military and he is actually with the air defense artillery, and he's one of the 400 that are actually over in Turkey right now," said Joni Jensen, a member of the Blue Star Mothers.

It's a day that 12 years later still stings.

"It does bring back the memories of everything you felt the day that that happened," Jensen said.

"I am one of many that when I say I will never forget, I will never forget," Schultz said.

For the men and women who gathered in Kasson to walk the streets carrying flags and memories, it was about finding the place where they could still feel the heart of the country they know.

"I've seen a lot of men fight hard and lost a few overseas, and it's nice to see that they're still remembered and what they died for is still remembered," Kasel said.

"I believe that these people are doing this for the same reasons I am, to show support to all our military and all the people in the United States and New York that lost," Schultz said. "It was a travesty."

And even when it's hard to look back, we can look together and face the future arm in arm.

"I will do this every year as long as God willing I can walk," Schultz said.

Wednesday's event also serves as a fundraiser.

Most of the money raised goes towards putting on the dinner and the walk, but anything that's left goes to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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