Honoring Fallen Soldiers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Honoring Fallen Soldiers

KHQ.COM - It's been a tough couple weeks for the military community in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington as three soldiers from the area have died. On Monday mourners remembered 20-year-old Specialist Nicholas Newby in Coeur d' Alene. On July 7th Newby and 24-year-old Sergeant Nathan Beyers died when insurgents attacked their convoy in Iraq.

Hundreds gathered at Lake City Community Church in Coeur d' Alene to celebrate Spc. Newby's life.

Specialist Newby is a decorated military veteran with honors that include a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. On Monday people from all over the area showed up to pay their respects to the fallen soldier, no matter their condition.

"Last week I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and I'm dealing with it, but I came out today to honor this veteran who sacrificed his life and to support his family who needs it," said Navy veteran John Ensinger.

Those in attendance at Spc. Newby's funeral Monday remembered him as a guy full of positive energy and a man who never let a smile leave his face. Eulogist Haley Shriber reflected on the life of her best friend saying she will always miss him, but she can take great comfort knowing he died doing what he loved. 

Also in the area on Monday mourners gathered to celebrate the life of 24-year-old Sgt. Nathan Beyers. There will also be a public service Tuesday morning at 10:30 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake.

KHQ Local News report Alex Rozier contributed to this report

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