Key sponsors of Operation Homefront Vancouver Freedom Walk were Fred Meyer, AdvoCare and Creekside Mortgage.Operation Homefront [email protected] all had reasons to be in Sunday’s Operation Homefront Vancouver Freedom Walk.“My husband was in the Army, my father was in the Air Force and my grandfather was in the Army,” said Vancouver’s Libbey Holloway. Her girls, Gracie, 9, and Emily, 7, decided to run, not walk, along the Columbia River waterfront on a bright afternoon. The 2.5-mile walk went from the Grand Central Fred Meyer parking lot to the waterfront, over the Vancouver Land Bridge, through the historic district and back to the store.The event was meant to honor service members and veterans, police officers and firefighters, and to be a reminder of our freedoms and to allow for reflection on 9/11. About 60 people participated.Holloway noted her husband, Officer George Holloway, is with the Portland Police Bureau. Another reason to walk.Wes Forgey said he organized the event to also bring awareness to Operation Homefront, which provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded service personnel.“We want them to know we are here,” said Forgey, who is the Southwest Regional Coordinator for Operation Homefront.Retired from the Air Force, Forgey was asked why he is involved in the effort.“I like to consider myself a patriot, and I like to help young military folks because of all the deployments and the rigors of military family life,” he said.Last month, the chapter provided 250 backpacks filled with school supplies to local military families, Forgey said. He said when families in need receive help “there’s tears, there’s joy and relief, they’re emotional.” Forgey works with about 20 other volunteers. He said there are many Freedom Walks across America every September.