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Rainier’s “Sgt. Justin. D. Norton Memorial Highway” could be named next week

Rainier’s fallen son, Justin Norton

– “Move to name highway after fallen Rainier soldier”
“A two-mile section of Highway 507 in Thurston County could be named the “Sgt. Justin. D. Norton Memorial Highway” next week.

Rainier Councilmember Everett Gage will present the proposal to the Washington State Transportation Commission Tuesday, October 17.

‘Even though he’s not here, his legacy continues in this community,’ said Gage, who did not know Norton.

Norton was killed in Iraq in 2006,” by South Bureau Chief Drew Mikkelsen, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
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– Editor’s Note:
The wars have left their mark on this area, as we are reminded from one of the first from this area to give the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq War, Rainier’s Justin Norton, who was killed in June 2006.

Justin Norton Scholarship Fund honoring Rainier, Washington’s fallen soldier in Iraq.
About Sgt. Norton

Donations can be mailed to:
Justin Norton Scholarship Fund
c/o Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Yelm, Wa 98597

Donations can also be made at any Key Bank. If going to a Key Bank outside of Washington State just mention that the account is set up in Washington State. Tax Deductable Donation Internal Revenue # 91-2079079

Posted by Steve on October 13, 2017 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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  1. I was a combat cameraman in Vietnam, so I have seen war (have you?) They really need get over the loss of this person, instead of continually pummeling everyone in the local community with their victimhood, as they have for the last 10 years. Such a BODY-ID perspective. Now they want to force everyone into their corner and force people to look at their stupid sign forever as they travel down the highway, as if looking at his depiction on the Rainier RR overpass hasn’t been enough for the last number of years. He left 11 years ago, and they need to accept that and leave the population out of it, and also let him move on (maybe they don’t care). Keep it private like everyone else does …. and, he was not a ‘hero’ just because he died fighting a delusional and illegal war. Did he save anyone’s life over there? No … what an ordeal they insist on putting people through around here. I know you won’t post this comment because it’s not ‘traditional’ and I am not kowtowing to consensus BS.

    Comment by Val on October 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

  2. I post all comments Val, unless they use language I find unsuitable on this forum. Insights such as yours are valuable and instructive.

    Comment by Steve on October 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with Val’s comment. This whole thing whereby everyone is required to swoon and clutch their breasts in reverence when they run across someone who died is so tedious. I understand that the families of these people are upset about the loss of their loved ones and want to remember them – but that being said – why do they have to constantly remind the public of their dead loved ones and the accompanying grief that they feel? I live in a town where they’re constantly putting up signs for dead people, and there is even have a park where you can buy a park bench in “remembrance” of so and so. I took my kids to that park, and it was just SO morbid, and frankly, truth be told, it gave me the creeps. The last thing I wanted to do was to bathe my children in the memories of “the dead” while playing at the park. If I had wanted to do that, I’d have taken them to a cemetery so we could all get depressed “honoring” the people whose “big accomplishment” was that they had died. I know I sound insensitive, but … well … I’m being honest here. I also happen to know that this whole thing with buying a billboard, buying a park bench, sign, etc. in remembrance of so and so is for profit. And, furthermore, – a hero is someone who goes over and above what they’re supposed to do in order to save someone, such as a citizen running into a burning building to save someone or tackling a thief who just mugged an old lady and stole her purse. If one is paid to do a job (soldier, policeman, firefighter) and one DOES THE JOB, then one is not a HERO. One is doing his or her job for which one is paid (by city taxes, usually.) Calling everyone (and in this day and age, I DO MEAN EVERYONE) a “hero” totally cheapens the word. People really need to get out of the nursery school of ideation and grow UP. I have the feeling this won’t see print, but nevertheless, these are my thoughts. Thank you.

    Comment by Suzanne Villachez on October 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

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