Car wash honors Valley's fallen heroes

The Fresno BeeMay 17, 2014 

The Great American Car Wash on North Blackstone Avenue in Fresno honored fallen Central California service members Friday for their ultimate sacrifice.

The car wash at 3854 N. Blackstone Ave. closed at 4 p.m. to honor Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Vincent Wayne Ashlock of Seaside, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony (Tony) Edward Butterfield of Clovis, and Army Pfc. Karina S Lau of Livingston. The families of Ashlock, Butterfield and Lau were present.

Portraits of the fallen service members were added to the 30-foot high by 120-foot wide 9/11 mural. The owner of the car wash, A.J. Rassamni, has commissioned artists to add more than 10 Valley service members to the mural.

The service members' families were presented with a flag that was flown over the state capital by Rep. Jim Costa's office.

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