Gov. Jay Inslee signed a dozen bills last Tuesday that will improve accountability for law enforcement in Washington state, and will create the nation's strongest police accountability system. The governor, joined by community members and families of those impacted, signed the bills at the Eastside Community Center in Tacoma.
The governor signed legislation that will create an Office of Independent Investigations that reports to the governor, prohibit certain uses of force and will require more thorough oversight requirements for hiring and for reporting misconduct.
"The crises of the past year have unmasked long-standing inequities in our society. The consciousness of our state and nation has been raised against inequity in many forms," Inslee said. "Our moral mandate to acknowledge these hard truths crystallized in the fallout from the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the killing of Manny Ellis in Tacoma. The bills I am signing today respect these truths and lay a solid foundation to halt inequity's pernicious influence in our systems of government."
Memorial Day is a time we remember those who have served our country. It's about bringing back to memory those who have served.
The Winlock Egg Day Royalty Court has been around as long as Egg Day has.
What does it mean to serve for others? In many cases the sacrifice is death. Come November 11, we will see the celebration of the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in the National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
In 1921 this monument commemorated the American armed forces who fought in the Great War, the "war to end all wars." My uncle, Thomas Darrah, and my grandfather, James L. Frink, both survived combat in the trenches as soldiers in France in 1918.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, the Raymond American Legion in conjunction with VFW Post 968 and the Marine Corps League, will hold two short observance ceremonies. One will be at the Fern Hill Cemetery starting at noon with a guest bagpipe player and guest singer Lily, who will perform her own song. The second will be at the Bush Memorial in South Bend starting at 1:00 p.m.
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