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Spokane Veteran's Memorial Arena honors fallen heroes

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81 bricks were laid on Sunday. 81 bricks were laid on Sunday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two of the fallen heroes that are being honored at the Illuminating Courage memorial worked at the Spokane VA.

The pavers with their names went into the Walk of Remembrance: Dr. John Marshall, the surgeon who was found dead in the Spokane River, and Brenda Thurman, a VA counselor, who law enforcement say was accidentally shot while her husband was cleaning a gun.

Families purchased the empty spaces for their loved ones as a way to remember their stories and lives forever.

“It's beautiful to see everyone come out in one place,” says Nicole Thomas.

Nicole had her own call to service with the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project.

“I saw something on TV and next thing I knew I was part of it,” she says.

She wants to make sure every veteran is remembered in the way the family remembers them.

“Earlier today we had a Vietnam family here and a child drew a photo for their grandfather and put it underneath the paver,” she says.

And that’s why each brick, even though it’s different from its neighbor, helps piece together a valuable history.

“It's important to the families. It's important to all of the area to remember our fallen,” Nicole says. “Everybody has a different story.”

They laid 81 pavers Sunday.

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