REDEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF TODAY'S TRAGEDIES AND TO THE DEFIANT DEFENSE OF AMERICANS' "FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT."
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC) and Tom McAvoy (Mad Mac) have decided to continue on with Mad Mac's March Across the Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway despite, and, in part, because of the tragic events which transpired in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania this morning.
A postponement of the last three days of activities was considered, but polling of remaining event sponsors found that the most felt that the march should continue to its conclusion. In fact, some were adamant that, despite the tragedy and treachery involved, the nation and day-to-day life should not grind to a halt and that doing so would only serve the objectives of the terrorists responsible for today's carnage.
The remaining 39 miles of Tom's 173.3 mile march will be dedicated to those who lost their lives or were injured in the attack this morning.
Tom indicated that he was initially inclined to postpone the last three days of the march, but deferred to the event sponsors who were determined to be defiant in the face of this attack on American's freedom of movement.
McAvoy said, "The 1913 development of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental roadway, was all about further expanding the ability of Americans' to travel freely about our country.
That 'freedom of movement' may not be written in the constitution, but it is implied in it, and is one of the fundamental freedoms we cherish along with freedom of speech, assembly and religion. This terrorist action was a direct attack to Americans' freedom of movement.
At the insistence and with the encouragement of the remaining events' sponsors, I'll finish the last 39 miles of my march across Illinois and
dedicate those 39 miles to those who were injured or lost their lives today and to the defense of Americans' freedom of movement."
The above e-mailed statement was issued the 11th of September, 2001.
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