- Marionville mayor ‘kind of agreed’ with Kansas City shooter’s views
- Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message: Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again
- Supreme Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies
- UNICEF launches ‘Mr. Poo’ mascot in India to curb public defecation
- Teen taking selfie by train: ‘Wow, that guy just kicked me in the head’
- Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as U.S. exits Middle East
- Iran mulls ban on vasectomies, decrease on abortions to bolster population
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers ‘more deadly than jihadists’
- Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings
- ABC News accuses Center for Public Integrity of stealing Pulitzer-winning work
Walk honors Pentagon fallen
Thousands of somber marchers moved through historic Washington and across the Potomac River last evening to the Pentagon, where 184 died five years ago today when terrorists crashed a hijacked airliner into the nation's military headquarters.
Shortly after sunset, 184 beams of light were projected into the clear, dark sky above the Pentagon. The lights will stay on through tonight.
"When you're with people who went through the same thing you did, it's very cathartic," said Danielle Lamana, 32, of Louisiana, whose brother, Navy Lt. Michael "Scott" Lamana, was killed at the Pentagon, where he was a briefer for the chief of naval operations.
"You cannot say thanks enough to the people," she said. "We remember him every day, but when other people memorialize him in some way or another, it makes you feel good."
A flight officer from Baton Rouge, La., Lt. Lamana was working his usual job as a briefer for the chief of naval operations when the terrorists struck.
The second annual event, called the America Supports You Freedom Walk, was led by Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marchers gathered in the afternoon at the Washington Monument, where a military chaplain led them in prayer.
"I am proud to represent 2.4 million servicemen and women," Gen. Pace said. "We are here to tell the terrorists: 'Not on our watch.' "
Among those joining the general were students from three D.C. schools -- Ketcham Elementary, Bertie Backus Middle and Leckie Elementary -- that lost classmates and teachers aboard American Airlines Flight 77 when hijackers crashed it into the southwest side of the Pentagon.
"It is so important for us not to forget the impact that this had on our school community," Leckie Principal Clementine Homesley said. "This walk has been a wonderful experience."
Of the dead, 59 were on the jetliner and 125 were in the Pentagon.
"When you organize an event that brings together 15,000 people, that says we will not forget," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense.
The marchers, most wearing white T-shirts with the words "Freedom Walk," carried signs in remembrance of the more than 3,000 people killing in the attacks at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, and when a fourth hijacked airliner crashed near Shanksville, Pa.
"I'm walking because I support my country, and this is one good way," Joanna Matthews, 14, said.
"It is very moving that so many people came and that there is still so much support five years later," said Keith Redding, 39, of Arlington, whose best friend and roommate, Joe Ferguson, was on Flight 77.
Marchers were met along the route by anti-war protesters, whose chants were muted by the walkers' refrain of "USA."
The Freedom Walk expanded this year to 125 events covering all 50 states. The event originated with America Supports You, a Department of Defense program.
"We weren't sure what to expect when we shared the idea of a walk," Mrs. Barber said. "Now we can barely keep up. That's the answer to the question: Do people still remember?"
A 9-year-old boy led the walk in Sebring, Ohio.
Earlier yesterday, the Washington Hebrew Congregation sponsored a Unity Walk from its home on Macomb Street Northwest to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Q and 21st streets Northwest.
Several hundred participants walked past the Washington National Cathedral and the Islamic Center.
Arun Gandhi, a grandson of India's icon of nonviolent resistance, Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, took part.
"One of the cornerstones of nonviolence," he said, "was about understanding one another's faith and building bridges."
By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- HURT: Wilson and Obama ... 100 years apart, but so alike
- FISHER: Shades of Berlin in the South China Sea
- IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities
- Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- Air Force sees resource shift as U.S. exits Afghanistan, heads to Africa
- WEBER: Obamacare cuts home healthcare for millions of seniors
- Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation
- EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.