Fallen loved ones remembered this Memorial Day - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fallen loved ones remembered this Memorial Day

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The local VFW post 1435 paused this Memorial Day in remembrance of local soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for freedom.  The ceremony paid respect to fallen soldiers at the Pine Cemetery in Spokane Valley while commemorating their sacrifices.

Over thirty flags stood in representation of soldiers who lost their lives in combat.  A total of thirty-three names were read during the ceremony, each followed by the ring of a bell.  A wreath was placed atop a stone memorial followed by flowers, each bouquet with a special meaning behind it.  Each tribute was then followed by an emotional salute.

This afternoon's ceremony was an emotional one for Donna Vaughn, whose son, Michael Bosswell, was struck by a stray bullet at the age of twenty-two on December 2, 2006.  "Everything we do to honor our boys and girls is so bittersweet.  There's a lot that goes into an event, and at the end you're left with emptiness because it's almost like you expect them to come," said Vaughn.  "It's like planting something spectacular and they still never come."

Bosswell was scheduled to come home December 1st but delayed his leave to help his unit. 

Today, the second Memorial Day since Boswell's death Vaughn says, "mothers have a passionate plea.  Please don't forget, that's a mother's number one passion is please don't forget them," said Vaughn.

After today's ceremony the thought to "never forget" was immortalized in stone and in the colors waving over their graves in death and in life.

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