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Lower Valley boasts memorials in tribute to veterans’ sacrifices

From Zillah to Grandview there are memorials erected in honor of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service and protection of others. In Zillah, a newly erected Fallen Fighters Memorial stands beside the historic Teapot Service Station. The memorial serves as a reminder that local firefighters have given their lives and died while fighting fires throughout the Yakima Valley. Included among the names listed is Sunnyside Assistant Fire Chief Dick Carry, who died in 1957. That memorial will be dedicated next month. Granger boasts two memorials, the 9/11 Memorial across from the Granger Travel Plaza and the War Memorial located downtown. The 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon. Included in the memorial is a faded 10th anniversary flag with the names of all who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Granger’s War Memorial was dedicated in November 2011 and stands sentry in the center of downtown Granger. Plaques line its base, naming local military veterans who served during a time of war. Sunnyside has two memorials dedicated to military veterans. At Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, the names of Lower Valley men and women who served, died and were POWs during a time of war line several granite walls. The memorial was dedicated in 2005. The city of Sunnyside is also home to Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza on South Ninth Street. That memorial is still being constructed, but the names of military veterans from throughout the valley are a part of the massive granite walls already in place. The memorial is designed to honor anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The last stop on the memorial tour of the Lower Yakima Valley is Grandview’s Legion Park. An Eagle Scout project completed by Nicholas Denchel in 2011, this memorial lists the names of Gold Star mothers in the valley whose sons died during a time of war.

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Sunnyside’s Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza is not yet complete. But, the names of any Lower Yakima Valley man or woman who has served in the U.S. military can be listed among the granite walls to line South Ninth Street.

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The Fallen Fighters Memorial in Zillah was erected this year and will be dedicated next month. It sits beside the historic Teapot Service Station along First Avenue.

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The names of fallen firefighters from the Yakima Valley are listed at the Fallen Fighters Memorial in Zillah. Among them is Assistant Fire Chief Dick Carry of Sunnyside, who died in 1957.

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A Civil War cannon stands in front of the War Memorial in Granger.

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The War Memorial in downtown Granger honors men and women who served in the military during war times.

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Granger’s 9/11 Memorial across from the Granger Travel Plaza can be seen as travelers leave I-82. It was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside is home to a veterans memorial honoring Lower Valley residents who served in the military during a time of war. Several granite walls stand sentinel over the cemetery.

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In 2011 a young Eagle Scout erected this memorial at Grandview’s Legion Park. Listed on the plaque at right are the names of mothers who lost their sons to war.

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