Walk of Remembrance
Sunday morning (4 September) saw the ninth annual "Father Mychal F.Judge, O.F.M. Walk of Remembrance".
Having commenced the year after 9/11 and traditionally held on the Sunday before 9/11, the walk allows people to mark the anniversary without the crowds in New York on 9/11.
As a Franciscan Monk, Father Mychal F. Judge was known for his work with the homeless, recovering addicts, alcoholics, AIDS patients and for his work as chaplain of New York City Fire Department.
Those making up the procession each had their own story of how he touched their lives. Australians may remember his story...
On 9/11 Father Mychal rushed from the friary to the scene at the World Trade Centre. After administering the last rites to a firefighter, he was hit by debris and killed. He became the first official recorded fatality following the attack.
The walk was initiated and led by Det Steven McDonald, shot in the line of duty and left paralysed in 1986, who was later joined by a firefighter also paralysed, and his family.
The Walk of Remembrance was a big commitment, starting at 10.30am and concluding at 3pm and travelling from 31st street right down to the bottom of the business district. In its first year the event attracted only 50 or so people, but this year there were 1200 people still with the procession at the conclusion.
This was truly a local event, celebrated by a diverse mix of people under the banner of an extraordinary person who supported emergency service workers and their families.
After Victoria's experiences over the last few years, we too understand the value of such support at times of need.
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