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Honor someone by crossing Narrows Bridge Saturday

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on April 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm with No Comments »
April 23, 2010 6:18 pm

Normally when you cross the eastbound Narrows Bridge, you pay a toll. On Saturday, you can also honor someone who paid the ultimate toll, or who made some other significant sacrifice.

ROTC cadets from Wilson High School will lead an event called “Crossing the Bridge of Honor.”

The cadets from Wilson’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC program will host opening ceremonies at War Memorial Park at 10 a.m., perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and lead closing ceremonies at 4 p.m. The park is just off the Jackson Avenue exit of Highway 16 on the east side of the bridge.

Dressed in their Marine Corps camouflage, the students will also be assigned to details helping people cross Jackson to the bridge and to help with safety on the bridge itself.

The public is invited to cross at their leisure in the pedestrian/bike lane any time during the six-hour event.

The cadet group secured a City of Tacoma permit to use the park.

“We plan to have a guest registry, a memory roll for people to write ‘In Memory of’ messages and a tribute box so that people can write tributes about the people they want to honor,” said Michael Galt, the unit’s senior Marine instructor.

Members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in combat will certainly have a place of honor. But the event is not limited to them, Galt wrote in a note to The News Tribune.

We remember your article about the vulnerable child on the city bus, who was harassed by Wilson High School students on his way to school. We remember the articles the News Tribune covered about the tire slashers in the North End of Tacoma, the week straddling New Years. We remember the articles about at least 6 different local policemen being killed while on duty. We remember the articles about the armored guard worker killed at Wal Mart, just doing his job. We remember the articles about one of Tacoma’s elementary teachers being shot and killed at her elementary school by a long-time stalker.
We wanted to do something about it.

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