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Spokane Veterans React To Bin Laden's Death: 'I Wanted Them To Chop Off His Head'

SPOKANE, Wash. - Osama Bin Laden is dead. President Barack Obama made the announcement late Sunday night, inspiring celebrations around the country. Bin Laden's death comes almost 10 years after the 9-11 attacks and in the Spokane area, many veterans opened up about the death of whom America considered the nation's most wanted man.

At the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9 in Spokane Valley Monday, Commander Steve Davis said," I wanted them to chop his head off, put it on a stake, and put it on the Afghan and Pakistan border so everyone that would pass through would see that and know 'Well, that's what they do to us, we should do the same to him."

It was a sentiment many veterans shared Monday after news of the deadly attack unfolded on TV sets across the country. On Sunday night, crowds began to gather at VFW posts across Spokane. Local veterans sat glued to the coverage, watching as the menacing mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks was confirmed dead.

Former Navy Serviceman and Commander of Spokane American Legion Post nine, Lyle Carstens, said, "Everyone's opinion was, 'Wow, great deal, good job, thank goodness we finally caught the guy. Too bad it couldn't have been 10 years ago instead of now by my goodness, at least it's here."

"I was pretty happy," Davis continued. "I really was, I was pretty happy."

As a Vietnam veteran, Davis knows it's been a long journey for Service Members who longed for some form of justice. "They're the ones that put their lives on the line everyday," he said. "They're the ones that have to deal with that situation everyday. They remember, they remember why they're there because of 9-11."

Ten years later, many of these men and women are grateful the government did not give up on war on terror or the people who fought to keep us safe from it.

Carstens explained, "I'm very, very proud of our military and I would personally like to shake the hands of the crew that went in and caught this guy."

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