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Statewide Vigil To Honor Troops Coming To Tri-Cities

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - The Tri-Cities will soon host a statewide weekend of remembrance honoring troops killed fighting in the Middle East.

Organizers want to a create a "Time of Remembrance", where families of Washington's fallen troops, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, can support each other, and honor their memories.

Organizers are hoping everyone in the Tri-Cities gets involved.

Wednesday they met in a modest meeting with the West Richland Chamber of Commerce, to kickoff community participation. 

They said so far the State of Washington has 80 fallen heroes. And each year organizers want to send a clear message to their families.

"Washington does appreciate everything that they have done, that we do recognize the sacrifices that they have given," said Shirley Schmunk, Time of Remembrance Committee Co-Chair.    

Organizers said they still have a lot of work left to do. They're looking for businesses to help donate funding.

They anticipate hosting a state wide candlelight vigil at Howard Amon Park in Richland, and a tribute ceremony at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

The time of remembrance will be September 29th and 30th.