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IID directors call for minute of silence

March 16, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District directors are calling for a minute of silence Wednesday in honor of U.S. military personnel who died as a result of terrorist attack or accident.

By unanimous vote the board approved a resolution calling for the moment of remembrance to occur at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

IID Director Bruce Kuhn, who proposed the measure, said this morning his goal is to have the entire Imperial Valley take part in the minute of silence.

"I would be honored if the Valley would participate," Kuhn said.

He added the Imperial County Board of Supervisors has passed a similar motion.

While the moment of silence is meant to honor all those serving the country in the military, Kuhn said in particular he wants to honor those killed in the terrorist attack against the USS Cole in the Persian Gulf, those who died in a recent military plane crash in Georgia and other military personnel.

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Kuhn said he has contacted Congressman Duncan Hunter, who represents the Imperial Valley, asking that he join in the moment of silence.

Kuhn said, "I believe the day-to-day activities of our military personnel sometimes are taken for granted and I want to acknowledge those who make the ultimate sacrifice."

IID Director Stella Mendoza said, "I support the resolution in honor of all the veterans who are serving our country, and I would like to commend Director Bruce Kuhn for his initiative in promoting the resolution."

Starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday there will be a ceremony on the steps of the Imperial County Courthouse in El Centro.

Veteran groups from throughout the Imperial Valley are expected to attend.

IID will fly its flags at half-staff in honor of those who have died in the service of the country.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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