Rockland: 13-year-old Organizes 9/11 Remembrance Walk

For the third year in a row, 13-year-old Matt Rogers of Rockland organized a 9/11 Remembrance Walk at the Bicentennial Track.

The walk was established by Ryan Burns in 2008. Since then, students in Rockland have organized the event.

Rogers says the walk is to respect, reflect, and remember those tragically lost on 9/11.

“It’s good. Not a lot of people do this. It’s a community outreach event,” said Rogers.

He says it’s important to recognize the victims and first responders that were lost that day, and those that continue to serve communities.

His grandmother, Marie Irwin, said she’s proud for Rogers getting involved.

“We should always honor them. They always put themselves out there for us. They’re always in danger,” said Irwin. “At a moment in time, things can change. We should always honor them.”

Rogers says he plans to continue organizing the event.

“I learned you really need to pay attention and remember people that came before us,” said Rogers. “They gave us a lot. We need to acknowledge them for it, and just give them respect by doing this.”

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at