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Airgas employees organize "Freedom Walk"

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Employees of Airgas in Waterloo organized what they're calling "Freedom Walk," in honor of Sept. 11 and to show support for Iowans serving overseas.

"Airgas is a big supporter of the military, specifically Operation Homefront is who we work with but we're just trying to get people a reminder of the military and sacrifices they make for us," said Mindy Steege-Giesler with Airgas.

Proceeds from this specific walk will go to Iowa's Bravest, which is based in Evansdale and sends care packages to Iowans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Iowa's Bravest was top of all our criteria. It's local, not only to Iowa but the Cedar Valley and they help Iowa specific veterans and with the call up, you know I've got a lot of friends in Mississippi right now getting trained to go over to Afghanistan," said Nick Pfadenhauer with Airgas.

The walkers met during the lunch hour at Soldiers and Sailors Park, walked down Fourth Street to Lincoln Park and then back to the start.

"Even if you're against what's going on over there or for it, it's still our friends, family, loved ones over there and we need to offer support to them over there and their family here as well," said Steege-Giesler.

Each participant donated money as well as Iowa Sons of AmVets and Cedar Falls AmVets. Organizers hope to raise about $1,000.

The goal is to make the walk even bigger next year in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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