Community recognizes service, sacrifice of Inland NW veterans

SPOKANE, Wash. - Vets Day celebration

Community members and people from all branches of the military gathered at Felts Field Monday to say thank you to our community's veterans.

The celebration was so packed that people were standing outside the hangar to attend the Veterans Day ceremony.

Among the speakers were Mayor David Condon, who served in the Army, and Fairchild Air Force Base commander Col. Brian Newberry were among the speakers, who shared the overall message that Veterans Day is an important opportunity to recognize the sacrifice veterans made and honor their commitment to our country.

The keynote speaker of the celebration was Vietnam veteran Suzanne Williams, who served as a U.S. Air Force nurse. She said she didn't always celebrate Veterans Day but does now for all of the women who have served with her.

"I avoided it like the plague for a long time because it just brought up too many bad memories, but I realized there are eight nurses' names on the Vietnam Wall who can't speak at Veterans Day events and even though it's not my favorite thing to do, I do it in honor of them," she said.

Williams also said you should  never feel shy about saying 'Happy Veterans Day' to any veteran you know. Even if they don't acknowledge it, it still means a lot, she said.