9-11 Honor Walk remembers military and first responders

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  The event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center was titled 9-11, Honor, Heal, Celebrate.  While it was centered around the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, it wasn't just for those who lost their lives on that day.

It was also to pay tribute to our military members who have died and served in the two wars since the attacks.

"It was a release," said Jeff Hemphill, an Air Force veteran.   "I walked for a couple of fallen comrades but we carry the pictures of eight that we had fallen in our time.  It's a therapeutic release.  It's hard to describe."

A maze was setup underneath the space shuttle mockup.  People walked through the maze carrying rocks to represent someone they know who gave their life in service to our country.

Charles Lunsford, also an Air Force veteran, said it was a way to honor his friends, but it also helped him.

"It's funny because you think it's going to be painful.  You think when you get there it's just going to be an abundance of pain that you feel, but you don't.  You feel peaceful.  you almost feel happiness come over you because you think of them.  you think of the families they left behind."

Those who took part in the honor walk were also given free admission to the space museum.