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Metro Council asks everyone to get out and support the 2010 Freedom Walk on Sunday, September 12th

Tuesday September 7, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

It is 60 feet by 40 feet of spectacular red, white and blue. Anyone who has been at Thunder Over Louisville to kick off Derby Festival events has seen it as the symbol that kicks off one of the most impressive fireworks shows in the United States.

On Sunday, September 12th, Thunder’s American flag will be carried 1.5 miles to show support for the men and women who are currently serving in America’s military as part of the 2010 Freedom Walk.

The Walk is sponsored and underwritten by Wayne and Pam Hettinger. Wayne is the producer of Thunder Over Louisville, and the flag carried in the Freedom Walk is one of the two used to kick off Thunder each year.

The 2010 Freedom Walk is one of many events leading up to “Second Sunday” in October.

"I am pleased to have this event as an official Second Sunday preliminary event,” says Councilman Robin Engel (R-22), who chairs Jefferson County’s Second Sunday program.”We appreciate Wayne's providing an opportunity for the community to pay tribute to our service members, both past and present."

“I can think of no better way to honor the men and women who serve our country than with the Freedom Walk,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “It will be a great motivator for those who want to take part in Second Sunday and take the first steps to a healthier life style.”

Joining Engel and Welch as sponsors of the 2010 Second Sunday are Judy Green (D-1), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Tom Owen (D-8), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Marianne Butler (D-15), Kelly Downard (R-16), Glen Stuckel (R-17), Jon Ackerson (R-18), Stuart Benson (R-20), Dan Johnson (D-21), Madonna Flood (D-24) and Doug Hawkins (R-25)

The 2010 Freedom Walk is scheduled for 3:00 PM that day, beginning and ending at the rear gates of Slugger Field at the corner of Preston and Witherspoon Streets. Those who help carry the flag will be accompanied by patriotic songs played by Galileans.

This is a non-partisan/non-exclusive event open to the general public. This is not a fundraiser for any organization, or a platform to discuss politics or policies

This year’s Second Sunday event will be held in Iroquois Park on Sunday, October 10th. If you would like to learn about the activities of the event and any additional information go to:

Robin Engel (R) 22
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13