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Sunnyside declares Bonnie J. Dunbar day

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Sunnyside, WASH.--Monday, July 16th 2012 has been declared Bonnie J. Dunbar day in Sunnyside. 

Dozens of community members showed up to honor the astronaut and watch the unveiling of a brand new bronze statue in Central Park.

She is one of only 51 female astronauts in the entire country. 

Dunbar was a Mission Specialist Astronaut and she worked with scientists and engineers on five different shuttles into space.

She was born and raised in Outlook, and today the community presented her with a bronze statue celebrating her success. 

There are two statues. One is of Dunbar as a small girl, and the second one represents her career as an astronaut.

Dunbar said, "I'm very humbled and honored.  It's rare to have this happen while you're still living so you can share this moment, and for me it really is about the message of education."

Dunbar said it's important to have community support.  She hopes to inspire young people and encourages them to learn and take advantage of opportunities.

Dunbar currently lives in Seattle and works as a Director of Higher Education at Boeing.