'Freedom Walk' in Kasson Honors Lives Lost on 9/11

Posted at: 09/11/2013 11:09 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- A big crowd gathered in Kasson to remember the lives lost during the September 11th attacks. This was for the 6th Annual "Freedom Walk."

It started as an idea from a Kasson couple who wanted to pay their respects to the roughly 3,000 people killed on this day 12 years ago. "It was in 2008. It had been started from the Pentagon employees who wanted to honor the coworkers they lost," said Mary Mollert. She said she got the idea from that group who put together a float and did a "Freedom Walk."

 "She came up to me and said, 'Jim, what do you think about this?' and I said I  thought it was wonderful idea," said her husband James (Jim ) Mollert.

"Even during the year, people come up to us and say 'oh you're the ones who do that Freedom Walk' and go 'thank you, you did a great job,'" said Mary.

"I've got a little bit of military background too and just love my country, and I think it’s just something that's a really good thing to do," said Jim.

Their idea has grown into an event that draws in hundreds. “We are so happy to see people come out, and there are so many people that we've met since this thing started," said Mary.

The Mollerts goal each year is to not only remind people of what happened that day, but to show how close our nation has become because of it. "It's definitely the unity of us being American," said Blue Star Mom Joni Jensen.

"Mostly the feeling inside, you see everyone coming together as one, it’s what our world is about, our United States is about. When there's a hardship, they are all there for each other, and you see that on a day like this, when everybody comes together as one person and one nation, and I think it’s wonderful," said Jim.

There was also a cook out beforehand, with lots of food and a T-shirt sale. The money raised goes toward next year's event and the wounded warriors project.