May 24, 2014 in Washington Voices

Fallen Heroes project dedicates course to Capt. Victoria Pinckney

By The Spokesman-Review
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Air Force Captain Victoria “Tori” Pinckney with her son Gabriel.
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Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club will host a Community Memorial Day Salute and Breakfast Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road.

• The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, eggs and coffee. Veterans can eat for free. Suggested donation for breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Funds raised will benefit the Honor Flight.

• The dedication of the new Fallen Heroes Circuit Course at the park will be at 9 a.m.

For more information, call (509) 251-0360.

The second station in the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course will be dedicated Monday at Pavillion Park in honor of Air Force Capt. Victoria Pinckney.

Pinckney and two others died May 3, 2013, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, when the KC-135R she was co-piloting crashed about 11 minutes after takeoff.

Bob Wiese said he hopes parents will come to work out on the new equipment while their children play on the playground equipment nearby.

Wiese is the president of the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course Committee. He said Pinckney was chosen for her ties to the community, her volunteer work at a soup kitchen and for the many friends she had here.

“She was a really good candidate,” he said.

When completed, the circuit will have five stations throughout Liberty Lake, one for every branch of the military. The first was installed in September at Rocky Hill Park in honor of Cpl. Joshua R. Dumaw of the Marines. The Army’s station will be at the Liberty Lake Trailhead next to the golf course, the Coast Guard at the Arboretum and the Navy will be at the new Town Square which is just east of Albertsons.

Wiese said the group – made up of business owners and community members – is working to get its 501(c)3 status and is fundraising for the other stations and for maintaining them. In the future, Wiese said they want to start a scholarship foundation.

Once all of the stations are in place, Wiese envisions people running from course to course, using the equipment at each stop. The full circuit will be 5.5 miles long.

“It’s pretty neat stuff,” he said of the equipment.

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