SPOKANE, Wash. -

Hundreds of community members celebrated Veterans Day at Spokane Veteran's Memorial Arena on Sunday morning.

Navy veteran Del Laird had a special companion at the ceremony, his granddaughter Kirsten Wold.

"Thank you for your service to our country and I love you," Wold said to her grandpa.

She may only be 10 but Kirsten knows the importance of 11/11. "It means thanking everyone who served our country and who died so that we could be free," she said.

From the speakers to the songs, Sunday's ceremony tugged at everyone's heart-strings.

"To put it bluntly it was sort of gut-wrenching in some places," veteran Rocky Stone said.

The ceremony helped to honor those who served our country and paid tribute to those who never made it home.

"It makes you really feel good, it makes you feel appreciated because for years we didn't," Laird said.

If you missed this ceremony, you can still honor local veterans on Monday at a community-wide event called "Welcome Home: A Veterans Day Celebration" at 1:00 p.m. in the Air National Guard Hangar at Felts Field.