SPOKANE, Wash.--Dozens of people showed up to pay tribute to fallen veterans from the Spokane area on Sunday.
The Honor Guard traditionally gathers at the State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake to pay their respects but the fallen were a little closer to home on Sunday. The ceremony honored veterans who were never buried in an official military funeral.
The turnout has been low for recent funerals so the Honor Guard decided to hold the ceremony closer to the community. The memorial was held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace North Spokane. Organizers were happy with the turnout.
“Today's turnout is great, it's 100 times more people I've seen at the State Cemetery,” said Honor Guard member Sergeant Josh Daly.
Leaders from local service organizations read the names of the soldiers who defended our country one by one.
The Honor Guard named 49 war veterans from all branches of the military. Some soldiers who died were homeless while others did not have family to honor them at all.
"It's sad that there are people who served and there's no one here to remember them,” said Mark Campbell.
KREM 2 News’ Randy Shaw made a point to attend the funeral. Honor Guard members presented Shaw with a flag in honor of the dead because none of the veterans' family members were in attendance.
Some attendees said no matter where the ceremony is held and who is laid to rest that they are grateful for their service. They said they would attend the service wherever it was held.
The burial ceremony is held almost every month. The next one will be held at the Veteran’s State Cemetery in January.