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Sept. 11 memorialized by city of Arlington
ARLINGTON Firefighters, police officers, city officials and citizens of Arlington will join members of Arlington American Legion Post 76 in remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and beyond, paying tribute not only to those who lost their lives, but also the loved ones they left behind.
Because Legion Park wont be ready in time, Terrace Park will host this years commemoration, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. on the hillside.
Arlington American Legion Service Officer Jim Barron confirmed that Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson and Arlington Fire Chief Jim Rankin would be among the guest speakers. He added that Lay Lorenz, retired commander of Naval Radio Station Jim Creek, would also speak at the event, and noted that Arlington Police Chief John Gray was doing his best to clear his schedule long enough to do so as well.
We want to honor all the service men and women who have paid the ultimate price, from Sept. 11 to our current conflicts, Barron said. We also hope to comfort the families of those who have given their lives.
Barron also encouraged area residents to turn out and show their support for Washington states fourth-annual American Legion Riders rally, which raises funds for the children of fallen veterans by signing bikers up for their border-to-border cross-state run.
The motorcyclists are slated to make a pit stop at the Cycle Barn in Smokey Point Sept. 8, between 1-2 p.m., depending on traffic.
Its for the children of veterans who wont be coming back, said Thomas Patterson, treasurer for the Bremerton chapter of the American Legion Riders. For the active-duty service members who have been killed in action in support of operations since Sept. 11, 2001, we want those kids to be able to get a college education.
If I had a motorcycle, Id be riding with them myself, Barron said. In fact, our post is trying to form our own chapter of American Legion Riders, if anyones interested. They do so doggone much for charity.
To learn more about the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, log onto their Web site at www.legion.org/support/?content=gi_amlegacysch.