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Spokane honors veterans' service at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Spokane honors veterans' service at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Today, veterans from decades of conflicts crowded into the Spokane Arena for a heartfelt thank-you from the Spokane community.

"It means a lot to me," said one veteran. "It makes me feel good."

"It reminds me of military and women and men who sacrificed their lives so I can live in peace," explained Korean War veteran Ted Siekerman. "I was lucky, I lived through it and had a wonderful life."

An hour later, down a staircase flanked with American flags, another group gathered to honor those less lucky.

"We're here today to support Gold Star families, all the families who lost someone," said Kathy Nydegger. 

All 276 names displayed on the brand new 'Illuminating Courage Memorial' were read aloud. 

"We just think it's a wonderful memorial that will be in Spokane forever," Nydegger said.  

A beautiful day, with a message worth repeating for days to come, a message so many need to hear.

"Every single day we need to thank veterans," said Shirley Schmunk, whose son served in the National Guard.

Nydegger added, "We love this country, and we love this military. We love the troops, we love them all."

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