9/11 memory walk staged

Isela Mendoza and Vivian Jimenez share the honor of holding up a United States flag while walking to Grandview's Stokely Square in Thursday's Washington State Migrant Council Alice Grant Learning Center's "Memory Walk."

GRANDVIEW - Students who attend the Washington State Migrant Council Alice Grant Learning Center in Grandview weren't born when the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001 took place.

But, the staff members at the center feel it is important for the youngsters to understand the events of that date and the purpose for which our troops serve.

In honor of those who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93, Rose Mary Ibarra and the center's director, Maggie Castro, decided to hold a "Memory Walk" today, the seventh anniversary of the tragic date.

Ibarra said she got the idea from her brother, Juan Dominguez, who is currently serving his second stint in Iraq.

She proposed the idea to Castro after her brother shared that he and his fellow troops would be participating in a 5-mile run.

"Our kids may not be able to run, but they can walk," said Ibarra.

She and Castro organized the event, asking parents to dress the youngsters in red. They had balloons blown up and the children walked from the center to Grandview's Stokely Square.

Once at Stokely Square, the children released the balloons.

Ibarra said this is the first year the center has participated in an event such as the "Memory Walk."

She said, "It really hit home...the sacrifices made by families and those serving our country when my brother was deployed the second time."

Ibarra explained her brother inspires her and she feels it is important for younger generations to understand those sacrifices and all that surrounds the purpose for which the troops serve.

Though the children at the Alice Grant Learning Center may not understand, in their young age, the tragedies of 9/11, Ibarra feels they can understand heroism and patriotism.

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