Local veterans gather at Spokane Arena in honor of Veterans Day

Local veterans gather at Spokane Arena in honor of Veterans Day

About one hundred local veterans took time Sunday to recognize each other and remember the fallen on Veterans Day at the Spokane Arena.

The men and women who have bravely served our country were joined by their families and listened to speeches from fellow veterans, including Spokane mayor David Condon.

“You’re part of a family of people who have done the same, who have gone beyond themselves,” said Condon, a U.S. Army veteran.

Each veteran was honored with a musical tribute, dedicated to each branch of the military on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was a day that clearly meant so much to the veterans in the crowd, but also to one woman in particular.

Phyllis Craig kissed the Gold Star wreath that sat before the crowd, then returned to her seat. Her son Jim, she says, was her hero. He was killed in action while serving for the Army on his third tour in Iraq.

“[He] just was very gifted and loving and he’s terribly missed,” said Phyllis.

She said doesn’t take her freedom and the men and women who fight for it for granted.

“It means a lot to me, because not only was my son a veteran, but he gave his all for our country,” said Phyllis. “It just, it means the world to me, just to honor our fallen and our veterans that work so hard to ensure our freedom, our way of life.”

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