Went to the Freedom Walk this evening. (Missed the entire speech at the Murrah Memorial, so can't say anything about that.) There were a guesstimated 150 troops marching, and probably two hundred or so civilians, though I'm no expert in crowd counting and wouldn't be too surprised to hear it was more or less.
The main reason I went was to see Luke Stricklin play the songs he wrote during his year in Baghdad with the Army National Guard.
Stricklin didn't give any speeches, just a little background on his own songs, and a thanks to the troops. He sang a little Merle, Waylon, and Willie, and two of his own songs written while in Iraq. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was good to see him live.
(PS His band was good, too, but seemed to be a pickup band, not a regular group.)
I guess for journalistic purposes I should mention that Great Divide, a rockin' country band, played next. They were good and played hard.
PS Photos will be forthcoming, but I'm having problems with my photo hosting service.
2006 October 18: Nope, no photos forthcoming. It seems I can't access my flicker account, and I don't have time to go through all the nonsense to get them posted right now.