Though few in the sea of red, white and blue-clad students at the 2012 Patriot Walk were old enough to actually remember the Sept. 11 attacks, none wore their country's colors or waved their American flags with any less pride or enthusiasm.
"The Patriot Walk has become an annual tradition for our school community as we remember the tragic terrorist attacks on our country," said St. Peter Principal Kyle Chuhran. "Life in our country changed on that day ... this represents the resiliency and spirit of the American people."
The school held its fourth annual Patriot Walk Friday, starting with a small ceremony, led by Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, at Altermatt Farms on 25 Mile Road and slowly making its way in parade fashion to the grounds of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School on 24 Mile Road.
Hundreds of St. Peter Lutheran students, staff and parents participated in the walk, which was held in part to honor one of the community's own, Sgt. Davin Dumar, a graduate and thanks to the efforts of Pulte Homes, Kid Rock and Operation Finally Home.
"My wife and I are here to thank you for all the prayers and support you've shown us in the last year," Dumar said. "It was a difficult year for us and we really thank you for everything. It makes the sacrifice we made worthwhile with all the support that we get. I really don't have much to say, I don't know what else to say ... thank you."
Dumar lost his right leg during an IED attack while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011.
"We can't help but think of the men and women serving our nation faithfully and so well," said St. Peter . "Davin and (his wife) Dana, you are in our hearts. We're happy you're back home."
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Special thanks to Jim M. who shared his beautiful photos of the event in Patch's community gallery.