Why We Walk

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Why We Walk ...

A Tribute to the Victims of 9/11 and All Other Fallen Americans

Dear Friends,

Some of you may know that on September 11, 2002, after some considerable thought throughout the year, but ultimately a spur of the moment decision, I grabbed the American flag off my front porch and at 3:40 pm that afternoon started my walk from my home to the Gateway Arch. If you're thinking that I lost my mind, you were probably right! I know my wife sure did! When she read my note on the kitchen counter, she was ready to have me committed. But this was something I had to do to show my feelings for those Americans who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Even now, almost three years later, I still get emotional when I think about them.

In 2002, I made a promise to myself that as long as I was physically able I would make the march every year on 9/11.

If any of you would like to make the March to the Arch with us, you would be more than welcome. We don't need

anything else, just you and your American flag. So, if you think you might be interested, please let us know by

completing the form on the Sign Up page of this Web Site. I guarantee, that even though you will start out marching for

others, when you are finished, it will have been one of the most moving experiences you have ever had.


Bo Drochelman

Additional Information

* The March to the Arch from beginning to end is 21 miles in length.

* Please have an American flag with you (any size is wonderful).

* If you do not want to walk the entire way, you are more than welcome to join in at any point along the way with the group. We would like to finish together.

* Route, mileage and suggested Jump On points are listed on the Directions/Map page of this site.

Why 21 Miles?

The March to the Arch is 21-miles long. It was not "planned" this way--you can call it fate.

It so happens that the Guard to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier takes 21 steps,

pauses for 21 seconds, and repeats the process. A 21-gun salute is the highest honor

that the military can give at an American soldier's funeral.

It appears our starting location for the March to the Arch is very fortuitous.