Piggott Joins in National Freedom Walk

SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CDT

PIGGOTT, AR -- In the days and months following September 11, 2001, patriotism was at a high across our nation. Now 5 years later, that American pride is still evident.

"It's just as important today as it was on September 11, 2001 to defend freedom," says Cliff Winberry, a U.S. National Guard Soldier from Piggott.

Along with 125 cities in all 50 states, the small town of Piggott hosted a "Freedom Walk" not only to remember those who lost their lives that fateful day, but to honor those who continue to fight for the value of freedom.

"I think people forget that rural America is just as responsive to freedom and our sovereignty   as a country as the metro is or the bigger cities," says Winberry.

The walk served as a renewal of freedom, for both young and old, all on the day, 5 years later, that Americans quickly realized how freedom can be taken for granted.

"There's young people here, there's lady's pushing strollers with babies that are involved in it, then there's older people in their 70's and 80's that are here and they want to be involved in it, so it makes you feel real good that we have people of all ages showing their support," says Mike Patterson, a Piggott Alderman who led the ceremonies.

Patterson says it was good to see that our country can still return to its true values, putting politics aside.

"It shouldn't matter if you're Republican or Democrat. That doesn't have anything to do with it. This is about our people that are in there fighting now. We need to show our support and really work hard to help them," says Patterson.