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MORE NEWS rway Heights Council approves police vehicle p , name chang By AL STOVER S taff Report er Mayor Patrick Rushing's res- ignation was just one of many items at the Aug. 17 City COuncil meeting. Council approved the purchase of two non-standard police ve- hicles for $30,000. Police Chief Lee Bennett explained he and detective Kelly Justice would use the new ve- hicles and move their old vehicles into the police fleet. "It would save the city about $70,000 from having to buy new ve- hicles for the fleet," Bennett said. In other public safety matters, council approved an interlocal agreement between the Fire De- , Photo by Al Stover partment and the city of Spokane Airway Heights City Manager Albert Tripp (right) hands a framed copy for traffic signal preemption for of a resolution to Jay and Birgitta Landreth at Monday's City Council emergency vehicles, meeting. The resolution changes the name of Aspen Grove Park to In public works, council ap-Landreth Park. proved the consolidation of posi- tions within the Public Works De- was a result of the city's water dent Dale Perry said he would partment, as well as a work order restrictions, have objected to the city renaming from Century West for recoating "During the conversation, I Aspen Grove Park because he felt the outside of the water reservoir learned that the Landreth family there were others"more deserving in Sunset Park. donated a lot of the land for Aspen of the honor." He even suggested "More than likely the color will Grove Park and Sunset Park, but naming it "Veterans Park" to honor remain green," Ross Dunfee, in- they never really got a 'thank you' those who serve in the military and terim public works director, said. from the city," Kennedy said. "It was lived in the city. At the start of the meeting, kind of embarrassing but I told them Kennedy said he would like to council approved a resolution that I had the ability to rectify that." have an event in spring that com- changes the name of Aspen Grove Kennedy drafted a recom- memorates the name change, as Park to Landreth Park. The resolu- mendation to the Parks Advisory well as a monument in the park, tion was to honor of Mr. and Mrs. Board, who recommended council similar to the monuments at Sunset Jay and Birgitta Landreth, whose adopt the resolution. Park. family donated much of the land City Manager Albert Tripp ,It's been a long time coming," for the city's parks, handed Jay and Birgitta Landreth Kennedy said. "The Landreth fam- Kennedy explained the resolu- a framed copy of the resolution. Jay ily has a long history in the area, tion came out of a conversation Landreth personally thanked the without them we may not have a with the Landreth family, who city and Kennedy for his efforts in community (Sunset) park." were concerned about the brownmaintaining the park. Al Stover can be reached at grass at Aspen Grove Park, whichDuring public comment, resi- al@cheneyfreepress.com. Veterans Cemetery celebrates 'Spirit of '45' By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Veterans, military per- sonnel and family mem- bers gathered at the Wash- ington Veterans Memorial Cemetery for its "Spirit of 45," Saturday, Aug. 15. The event was to com- memorate the 70th anni- versary of"Victory over Ja- pan Day," which signaled the end of World War II. On Aug. 15,1945, the initial announcement of Japan's surrender Was made, how- ever due to time zonedif- ferences, the United States, the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands, heard about the surrender the day before. The official signing of the surrender document occurred on Sept. 2 of that year. During the ceremony, Rudy Lopez, director of the Washington State Vet- erans Cemetery, acknowl- edged several WWII veter- ans in attendance. Lourdes "Alfie" Alvarado-Ramos, Washington State Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs director, noted that Aug. 15 also marked Korea's independence from Japan at the end of WWII. She also thanked the veterans for their service. "One thing we've learned is World War II veterans are very humble," Alvarado-Ramos said. "After the war they came home and didn't ask for Photo by AI Stover Private First Class Henry Goode (left) stands next to Rudy Lopez, director of the Washington State Veter- ans Cemetery, as he tells the story about an enemy sniper wounding him during World War I1. anything. We need to be whichwas very unusual," grateful for their service Goode said. "One of the and our duty is to make bullets went through both sure veterans are taken of my legs then hit some- care of and have access to one else in the chest." benefits." Goode later met up One of the ceremo- with his fellow officer ny's guest speakers was to retrieve his half of the Pfc. Henry Godde, a bullet. He said hehad no purple heart recipient ill will toward the man who served under Gen. who shot him. George Patton at the Bat- "My only regret is tle of the Bulge. Goode I didn't get his name shared stories of serving and address," Goode under Patton on the front said. "I would have sent lines. While he was on the him a box of cigars every Rhine River, an enemy Christmas." sniper wounded him. Another speaker was "He got off two shots, Ralph Virene, motor ma- chinist mate third class, who served in the Navy during the war. Virene shared his backstory .of growing up in Chicago, enlisting in the service and surviving the attack on Pearl, Harbor. 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