Wednesday, September 14, 2011
With cities and towns all over the state feeling a budget pinch, it could be tempting for government employees to pull back from the public they are to serve, the public that is their actual employer.
Such is not the case in Granger.
The city's staff and public works department has long done wonders with the dino theme, but the community there topped itself with the new 9/11 memorial.
I got goose bumps seeing the twin towers rising from above the fold on page one of Monday's Daily Sun News.
Granger got it right with the memorial, covering every detail even down to the shimmering rose attached to the memorial.
More importantly, they got it right with their public, the community, as witnessed by the 300 or so folks who turned out on a Sunday morning for the memorial unveiling.
That total doesn't include those across the street who stopped for fuel and food, then stayed to take in the dedication service.
The icing on the cake is that Granger reached out to its Lower Valley neighbors. Toppenish and Grandview fire departments brought ladder trucks to display a larger-than-life U.S. flag. The morning's speakers included the county sheriff and Sunnyside's deputy mayor.
It was an inclusive ceremony.
If you get a chance, make the stop in Granger just off the freeway to check out the memorial. It is well worth the time.
Let's indeed hear it for Granger and the community spirit of this small town and its staff.