City of Granger 9/11 memorial to be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 11

GRANGER - The city of Granger will hold a 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. this Sunday, Sept.11, next to the Granger Travel Plaza, at the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Hwy. 223.

The memorial is to commemorate the ordinary citizens and those in uniform for their selfless acts during and after the tragic events of that date.

The program will begin with the Yakama Nation Warriors presenting the colors while Greg Smith of Sunnyside sings the National Anthem.

The program will continue with an invocation by Rev. Dunn of Granger and a moment of silence will be observed.

Granger Mayor Ramona Fonseca will give a small speech and introduce the guest speakers, including Allen Walker, deputy chief for Fire District No. 5; Ken Irwin, Yakima County Sheriff; Bruce Chandler, State Rep. for the 15th District; and Reina Almon, Miss Yakima County 2011.

Granger's goal is the memorial to become a destination for travelers and locals to stop and remember fellow citizens.

Adjacent to the site will be a grassy area to sit and picnic and a small play area for children. The play and picnic area will be designed to follow in the theme adopted by Granger, "where dinosaurs roam."

The dedication ceremony is open to the public.

Granger Public Works Director Jack Burns said the dedication ceremony will last about 45 minutes.

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