9/11, West Richland Style

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I know that all across this wonderful nation today, villages and cities, counties and states are conducting memorial events to honor the fallen from ten years ago.

I live in West Richland, WA…technically the fourth of the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland being the actual three).  We’re a small town, and I mean that in a good way.  Some small towns can be hotbeds of gossip and suffocating attitudes.  But here we’re basically friendly, without being cloyingly sweet.  My son went a little too far on his scooter the other day and I received no fewer than three texts/calls from friends who thought he probably shouldn’t be so far afield.  We watch out for each other.  We volunteer and we nurture and we dream.

Yesterday, a local Cub Scout troop erected almost 3,000 small flags along a major thoroughfare in our city, Bombing Range Rd. Every 3.5 feet, the little Cub Scouts, most of whom were not even born when the attacks happened, planted a flag to commemorate a life lost in the attacks.

I took pictures, but they don’t compare with seeing them in real life –  a mile of flags, planted along both sides of the road.  One local remarked on Facebook,  “Just cried my way all the way down Bombing Range… Not sure I am ready to drive back up.”


I was pregnant on 9/11/2001.  I gave birth to a daughter just over three months later.  I love her, my son, and my husband.  I love this city.  I love this country.  God bless the United (truly, united in so many ways) States of America.







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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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