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Flag raising ceremony in honor of Fourth of July planned for Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The red, white and blue will be on full display on Saturday, July 3, for Grandview's 33rd annual flag raising ceremony.

The ceremony is held in honor of Independence Day as a way to celebrate more than two centuries of freedom in the U.S.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at Stokely Square in Grandview, on Second Street near Avenue B.

Local veterans from the VFW, AMVETS and auxiliary will remind those at the ceremony about the cost of freedom as they present the colors and provide a 21-gun salute.

The event will also feature the playing of Taps.

In addition, Marcus Morales will lead in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Jabrelli Moralez will sing the Star Spangled Banner.

The flag-raising ceremony's guest speaker will be George Johnson.

The ceremony will provide special recognition to World War II veteran Don Thomas, who served with the Army Air Corps in the war's European theater.

Music will also be a prominent feature of the ceremony, with musical selections performed both before and after Johnson's speech.

The event will not only celebrate America's freedom, but also the accomplishments of local youths.

Three Lower Valley teens who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since last July 4 will be honored. The youths are Eric DeLeon of Grandview and Kaden Johnson and Kyle Scott, both of Sunnyside.

The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a free continental breakfast at Stokely Square provided by Safeway, Grandview Market Place and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

The flag raising ceremony in Grandview is organized and sponsored by the Grandview ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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