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June 6, 2011: Metropolis Walk of Heroes Project

Walk of Heroes New Metropolis Walk of Heroes project to be unveiled Friday during Superman Celebration

A new attraction, the Metropolis Walk of Heroes, is scheduled to be unveiled on June 10 during the 33rd Annual Superman Celebration. This future walkway will showcase individuals who have ties to the two characters that have become landmarks in Metropolis: Superman and Lois Lane.

The project calls for the familiar diamond shape bronze shields to be set into the sidewalks along Market Street from Superman Square to Eighth St. The walkway will serve as a tribute to writers, artists, actors, actresses and others who have been a part of the Superman legacy in film, television and comic books.

The first shield will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Superman Statue. This shield will be installed in the sidewalk in front of Mid Country Bank following the Superman Celebration. Over the years, the walkway will grow to include shields on both sides of Market Street along the 2 and a half block walk.

This concept has been discussed for several years according to Metropolis Tourism Director Angie Shelton. "Now that we have two statues in Metropolis, it feels like the right time to begin the Walk of Heroes," she explained. Shelton also noted that individuals and fan groups will have the opportunity to purchase shields for their favorite Superman actors and actresses in the future.

Metropolis Tourism will administer the Walk of Heroes project and will be working closely with Steven Kirk of Los Angeles, Calif. Kirk, who originally brought the Walk of Heroes concept to the city, is an annual visitor to Metropolis and participates in many Superman Celebration events. A volunteer committee will become a part of the Walk of Heroes project in the near future.

More information on the Metropolis Walk of Heroes will available on www.metropoliswalkofheroes.com soon.

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