Full military honors given to veterans at Fairmount Memorial




Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--More than 30 people made it out to Fairmount Memorial in Spokane to help give full military honors to several veterans on Monday.

The Honor Guard read 75 names of soldiers who served in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.

The ceremonies were meant to remember veterans who were not buried with military honors. Often times their family did not know they passed or they died alone.

Monday was an emotional day for a pair of sisters who remembered three of their loved ones.

“A lot of memories, with all three of them,” said Marlene Sawdy.

Sawdy and her sister Rose Pierce focused on the time they had with their family members.

Sawdy’s father, Charles Safreed, served in the Air core in World War Two. Her brother, George Safreed, was in the Navy. Her son, James Armstrong, served in the Air Force in 1975.
The Coast Guard presented the family with the U.S. flag to thank their loved ones for their service. Sawdy was thankful for all the people who came to the service.

"I just appreciate everyone here and all of these gentlemen. They did such a wonderful job,” said Sawdy.

The sisters were the only flag recipients on Monday. The Honor Guard said they will likely have another ceremony in April.