HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Sunday is the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. It's a day that affected lives across the country, and around the globe, and a day many in North Alabama are still struggling to overcome.
Organizers of the 9/11 Honor Walk in Huntsville said their event on Sunday is meant to bring reflection, remembrance, healing and celebration. The walk honors military, first responders and their families.
The Honor Walk is September 11, 2016 at the US Space and Rocket Center from 2 PM to 5 PM.
"It's a way to really move toward spiritual and internal healing," explained organizer David Person. "It is this communal process of walking with other people, and walking in a way you are being reflective and meditative, that just seems to be healing for people. That's really what we want. We need it after 9/11, because this was a traumatic situation... there's also trauma that has accumulated within us, from every day living."
But this year also has a special focus on law enforcement and their relationship with at-risk youth and communities.
"It takes a lot of courage to strap on your heart and mind as an American police officer. Nobody knows that more than those officers and their families. It also takes a lot of courage to strap on a strong heart and mind to go to school if you live in at risk communities," said Rev. Kerry Holder-Joffrion, one of the event's organizers. "And often we see at risk youth and police officers erroneously pitted against one another. So we wanted to give them an opportunity for them to know each other's faces, each other's names."
This event is all about unity within the country and the community. It's through that sense of unity and togetherness that brings many peace while walking along the Labyrinth Walk to put stones in a basket to symbolically lay down their troubles. The Oakwood University Aeolians will lead the group into the walk, singing songs of inspiration, to be followed by law enforcement and at-risk students and the general public who decide to join.
You'll also hear from various speakers who represent the groups the event will highlight. Leslie Freeman, wife of slain police officer Eric Freeman, will speak. You'll also hear from Augustus "Tuck" Tucker, a 14-year-old who will explain what it feels like to grow up as an African-American male in the America of today.
Sponsors include Turning Point Consultants, LLC; Still Serving Veterans; Veteran Employment; Coast Personnel; Soldier One; and the US Space and Rocket Center.
To register, visit rocketcenter.com/honorwalk. With registration, you also get free admission to the US Space and Rocket Center, the host site of the Honor Walk.