2nd Circuit Course installment to be dedicated on Memorial Day
By Amy Busek
The second of five installments of the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course is scheduled to be installed at Pavillion Park on Memorial Day. The timing coincides with the Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club's annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.
Following the breakfast and color guard/musical program at the park, which is a donation-based event from 8 to 10 a.m., the new circuit course will be dedicated.
"We've been working really closely with the Rotary, and they are totally onboard and a huge supporter of the Circuit Course," said Amy O'Connell, secretary of Fallen Heroes.
The event will start around 10:30 a.m., O'Connell said, and the group is hoping to get a live band at the ceremony.
This particular course is dedicated to the memory of U.S. Air Force Capt. Victoria Ann Pinckney, who died in a plane crash May 3, 2013.
Each of the five courses will be dedicated to a fallen soldier from each branch of the military. The first course was built at Rocky Hill Park last September and has nine pieces of exercise equipment. The equipment is owned by the city and is available for park goers to use. O'Connell said she frequently sees kids using the equipment at Rocky Hill, seeing the circuit as a way for kids, along with adults, to develop good exercise habits.
"It's pretty neat to see them getting access, too," O'Connell said.
When completed the five stations are intended to complement one another.
"The idea is to have five different stations to make a course," she said. "You could go through all five of them, you could go through two of them, run in between them, walk in between them or just show up at one and exercise."
The two Liberty Lake parks are just over a mile from each other.
O'Connell said that the organization chose to honor Pinckney because of her deep roots in Spokane. Pinckney was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base for several years, joining a local church and giving birth to her child here, O'Connell said. Pinckney is originally from Palmsdale, Calif.
"She was heavily involved at Fairchild and in the community," O'Connell said.
Some of Pinckney's family members may attend as well, she said.
The circuit course was approved by the city to be included in its parks as an effort to both promote community fitness and honor fallen military service people. The idea was developed by Bob Wiese of Liberty Lake, Fallen Heroes president, who served in the Marines and sought a way to honor those who died in service to their country.
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IF YOU GO ...
Memorial Day Breakfast and Circuit Course Dedication
When: 8 to 10 a.m. (breakfast) and 10:30 a.m. (dedication) on May 26
Where: Pavillion Park
What: The annual breakfast, hosted by Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary, raises money for Inland Northwest Honor Flight, and the dedication honors U.S. Air Force Capt. Victoria Ann Pinckney.