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Brave Rifles, Salado ISD partner at freedom walk

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September 19, 2013 | News
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Col. Cameron M. Cantlon, commander, 3rd Cav. Regt., and Dr. Michael Novotny, superintendent of schools for the Salado Independent School District, bow their heads during a moment of silence at a National Day of Service and Remembrance service held in Salado, Sept. 11. Pfc. Erik Warren, 3rd Cav. Regt. Public Affairs
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Daniel Chtay, age 7, shows American pride during a “Freedom Walk” held with troopers from the 3rd Cav. Regt. and the Salado Independent School District during the National Day of Service and Remembrance in Salado, Sept. 11. Pfc. Erik Warren, 3rd Cav. Regt. Public Affairs
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Second grade students from Salado Elementary School walk around the track of Salado Junior High, Sept. 11, to take their places on the bleachers to watch a 9/11 remembrance ceremony marking the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pfc. Erik Warren, 3rd Cav. Regt. Public Affairs
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Pfc. Darron McGlothin, 3rd Cav. Regt., gives high-fives to student from Salado Elementary School at the finish of a “Freedom Walk” in Salado, Sept. 11. Staff Sgt. Michael Dator, 3rd Cav. Regt. Public Affairs
SALADO – The Salado Independent School District, in conjunction with troopers from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, took time to remember the events of 9/11 with a “Freedom Walk” following a National Day of Service and Remembrance ceremony on the 12th anniversary of the event.

More than 1,450 students from the four Salado ISD campuses – elementary to high school – and 150 Soldiers assembled in the bleachers of Salado Junior High. A triangle was chimed to start a moment of silence for the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. The oldest of current high school students would have only been 5 or 6 years of age when the nation was attacked.

“For our younger students, this is incredibly important as this becomes more of a historical event to them,” Chris Diem, Salado JHS principal, said. “For those of us who lived through the events of that day, it's very important that we teach the next generation about 9/11 and keep the memory of it alive.”

The ceremony focused on a positive future instead of reliving past grief.

Col. Cameron Cantlon, commander of the 3rd Cav. Regt., briefly mentioned the horrific events that took place that day, but mostly spoke of what lies ahead. He emphasized how excited he is that young people will soon be out in the world “making a difference” and how everyone has to take part in the world to make it a better place.

“We will stay engaged with the community; we have Soldiers that are in the schools helping with tutoring and to interact with the students to answer questions and learn from one another,” he said.

The students walked in a procession led by the Salado Fire and Police departments following the ceremony. Troopers joined the students in honoring first responders of the Salado community during the walk.

“I was happy to get the opportunity to do this,” said Pfc. Blake Burnham, Fires Squadron, 3rd Cav. Regt. “This is a big event for the country and even more so for the military; being able to spend time with the Salado students makes a positive out of a negative.”

With events like the freedom walk, the regiment continues to strengthen its ties with the Village of Salado in order to foster positive relationships with its outlying communities.
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