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Get your passport in Monroe.
The city is participating in “Passport Day in the USA 2012” by providing information and receiving passport applications from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at City Hall, 806 W. Main St.
People wanting to get a passport are required to bring a check or money order, a certified copy of their birth certificate and their old passport, if they have one.
People can submit their passport application 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.
Honor someone special: Secretary of State Sam Reed is accepting nominations for the Washington State Medal of Valor and Medal of Merit, the two highest honors presented by the people of Washington.
Nominations for either award will be accepted until August 12. Medals will be awarded at a Joint Session of the Legislature during the 2013 session.
The Medal of Valor, last awarded in 2007, recognizes individuals who have risked their lives or personal safety to save, or attempt to save, another person’s life.
The Medal of Valor cannot be awarded to police officers, firefighters or others whose actions are a result of their public duties as a first responder.
Last awarded in 2009, the Medal of Merit is given for exceptional conduct in providing outstanding service to citizens. Those interested in submitting an application can visit the Secretary of State’s office or go to www.sos.wa.gov/medals/. Nominations can be sent to: Office of the Secretary of State, Medal of Valor Program, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220.