Freedom Walk II: The Leaders

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England speaks during the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom walk at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Thousands of people turned out for this year's Freedom Walk, a national tradition that calls on people to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, remember those who responded, honor America's veterans and renew the nation's commitment to freedom.  Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England speaks during the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom walk at the foundation's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, his wife Sandee, to his right, and Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter, left front, applaud after a speech by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England before the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008.
 Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, speaks during the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom walk at the foundation's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Kelly Wright, left, co-anchor of Fox & Friends Weekend, served as the event's master of ceremonies. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Army Chaplain (Col.) Boyd speaks during the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Relatives of victims killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks observe a moment of silence before the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk 
at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • RoseAnn Lynch sings the national anthem during the start of the 2008 America Supports You Freedom Walk at the foundation's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Participants in the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom walk listen as RoseAnn Lynch sings the national anthem at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Relatives of victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, listen as RoseAnn Lynch sings the national anthem at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008, before the start of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • People hold a Freedom Walk banner as they prepare to walk from Arlington National Cemetery the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Senior Defense Department leaders joined thousands of people to walk from
Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon during the 2008
National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Senior officials from the Defense Department, the military components and other branches of the federal government join thousands of people begin to walk from Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C, Sept. 7, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Thousands of people begin to walk from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Women in Military Service Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Thousands of people start to walk from Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • From left: Carlos M. Gutierrez, secretary of commerce, Gordon England, deputy secretary of defense, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, take part in the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk from Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Walkers leave Arlington National Cemetery on their way to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washingon, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Bagpipers and drummers from police and fire departments in New York City, Philadelphia and Northern Virginia lead walkers on their way to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. The pipers and drummers honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2002, terrorist attacks who perished in New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa., where a hijacked plane crashed, killing all those aboard. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Almost 10,000 walkers make their way to the Pentagon during the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • From left: Carlos M. Gutierrez, secretary of commerce, Allison barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Gordon England, deputy secretary of defense, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, and Army Chaplain (Col.) Boyd, pause before entering the Pentagon near the completion of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008.  Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu
  • Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to people who just completed the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by John Valceanu