Liberty Park Annual Memorial Day Picnic

Liberty Park Annual Memorial Day Picnic

Veterans in Spokane marked Memorial Day with an annual picnic at Liberty Park. The picnic is in its 15th year.

With live music, good food, and great weather this Memorial Day sure felt like summer. And while the last Sunday in May might be the unofficial start to the season, for local veterans this picnic means so much more.

For picnic organizer Michael Zorn with Point Man Ministries, every day is Memorial Day.

“I have five folded flags in my home,” he said. “My son died in 2008 and he was a United States Marine.”

Zorn himself served in Vietnam in the 167 Signal Company from 1968-69. After coming home to an unwarm welcome, this picnic is to ensure that’s not the case for other veterans.

“Just to remember the people and what they’ve given,” Zorn said.

“It’s also to honor the fallen that have passed before us and have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedoms that we all live and appreciate,” veteran Michael Carroll said.

Carroll, a veteran of the Iraq War, was deployed in 2003 and discharged just two years later.

“I was a heat stroke casualty over in Iraq. I was cooked internally,” he said.

Now, he’s giving back by working to ensure other veterans have the resources they need. Today, he’s remembering that we live in the Land of the Free because of the brave.

“When we do Memorial Day, it’s to remember those great men and women that have given that ultimate sacrifice so that we’re able to just go on,” Carroll said.

If you’d like to help put this picnic on next year, either through donations or your time, contact Michael Zorn at (509) 994-7177 or ptsdvet@spocom.com.

If you’re a veteran in need, here’s a list of resources in the community:

Veteran Community Response
Operation Dog Tag
Point Man Ministries
Spokane County
VOA Spokane