Tonga's Queen Mother coming to West Valley City to rededicate Methodist church

Published July 29, 2011 10:20 am
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The Queen Mother of Tonga is coming to West Valley City next week to celebrate the rededication of the Tongan United Methodist Church.

Mayor Mike Winder will present Halaevalu Mata'aho with a key to the city on Wednesday, according to a West Valley news release.

"It is an honor to receive the Queen Mother of Tonga to City Hall," Winder said in the release. "The Tongan community has made tremendous contributions to West Valley City and continues to enrich our community with the warm culture of their friendly islands."

Mata'aho, 85, is the mother of King George Tupou V, the current king of Tonga.

The church, 1570 W. 2550 South, was first dedicated in 2004, when it was newly built. King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV attended that ceremony.

The key to the city also has been presented to Yeah Samake, mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali; Juan Sabines, governor of Chiapas, Mexico; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their visits to West Valley City.

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