ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – People gathered and walked to the Arch to remember all those who lost their lives during the September 11 terrorist attacks 14 years ago.
The 21 mile ‘March to the Arch’ started at Mike Duffy’s on Clayton Road at 9:11 a.m.
"It's a commemoration, a memorial, a celebration of those people who gave their lives," said Susan Turner, one of the participants in the event. Turner has been participating in the walk since 2006. "When I got downtown, it was 21.6 and that was what I wanted to see. And it wasn't until I got on the bus to come that I noticed it was nine hours and eleven minutes."
The walk originally began in 2002 as a one-man walk. "Originally, I just picked up a flag and walked," said Bo Drochelman. "And when I traced it later, it was 21 miles. So the 21 gun salute? This is our 21 gun salute."
News 4 spoke to a woman Thursday who said she was 22-years-old and was in the second tower when the planes struck it. She said she sees the walk as a time to celebrate the freedom of America and all those who have died for it.
"When you do this, it rejuvenates my feelings and the belief that St. Louis and America can survive anything," Drochelman said. "We can get there."