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Grandview to celebrate Fourth of July

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's 34th annual flag raising ceremony, commemorating the Fourth of July, will be staged at Stokely Square on Monday, July 4.

The 9 a.m. event will feature members of the Lower Valley Honor Guard and a special tribute to Frank W. Buckles. He was the oldest verified World War I veteran in the world and died at the age of 110 this past February, according to Grandview VFW officials.

A 21-gun salute at the flag raising ceremony, followed by the playing of Taps, is planned to honor all Lower Valley veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms experienced by U.S. citizens.

Jabrelli Moralez will sing the Star Spangled Banner and Lloyd Maxwell will provide the invocation.

Young men who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as members of local Boy Scout troops will be recognized at the Fourth of July ceremony. They include Zayne Johnson of Sunnyside; Nicholas Denchel, Rafael Rangel, Michale St. Hilaire and Devlyn Tobin of Grandview; and Allen and Daniel Terry of Prosser.

Dean Thornock, a World War II veteran, will be recognized for his service in the Philippines and the South Pacific.

The young women's chorus of the Church of Latter Day Saints Rattlesnake Mountain Ward will perform, as will the young children's chorus.

The guest speaker at the Fourth of July ceremonies will be Todd Thornock of Grandview.

Following the ceremony will be a free continental breakfast courtesy of Safeway, El Mercado de Grandview and Walmart.

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