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Dedication of the state Veterans Cemetery

More than 6,000 attended the dedication of the state Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake today. A group of veterans, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans will volunteer to spend one day each month at the cemetery to attend burials and extend sympathy to the survivors of loved ones on behalf of the governor and the cemetery.

Fitting farewells

When Beth Ann Daigre’s husband was laid to rest in 2002, a Navy officer presented her with the nation’s flag and spoke to her in hushed tones. “On behalf of the president of the United States and the chief of naval operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this country and a grateful Navy.”

Casino upgrade to add 100 jobs

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe decided more than two years ago it wanted its casino and hotel, near Worley, to be known as one of the region’s destination resorts. It already had a widely prized golf course and a lucrative casino.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

From the 2009 video archives: The Veterans Outreach Center and the Spokane Valley Fire Department bring 20 severely wounded combat veterans together to share their experiences during four days of healing at the Pinelow Retreat Center in Deer Lake, Washington.

Honor Guard

On May 20, honor guard teams got together at the yet-unfinished Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake to practice the rituals of military funerals. The cemetery, the first of its kind in Washington, will be the final resting place of many former service members who die of natural causes. But just in case the worst happens, the teams practiced the most elaborate ceremony which is reserved for an active duty soldier who dies in battle. Look for stories in Sunday's and Tuesday's editions of The Spokesman-Review.

3,500 flags will fly in Spokane cemeteries in honor of those who served

Each of the 2,240 flags raised in Fairmount Memorial Park is meticulously plotted in the same location each year so families can pay tribute to the veterans they’ve lost. The flags were displayed with the caskets at the veterans’ funerals. Since 1970, families have donated them for display in one of four cemeteries in Spokane. Between Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane Memorial Gardens and Fairmount, about 3,500 flags will fly this year for Memorial Day on Monday. Each flag bears the name of the veteran and a number to track it.

Dispute over flagpole and memorial have veterans seeking recall

An empty flagpole standing in the middle of Kellogg’s Memorial Park symbolizes a months-long dispute between veterans and city leaders that has escalated into recall petitions being filed against the mayor and all six City Council members. The flagpole formerly displayed both the American flag and a Tree City USA flag, until the commanders of Silver Valley veterans groups informed the city in August that flying both on the same pole was improper. The flags flew above a veterans’ memorial dedicated to the city more than 50 years ago. The stone memorial embedded with a plaque honored veterans of the two World Wars and of the Korean War.

Clash over war memorial worsens in Kellogg

An empty flagpole standing in the middle of Kellogg’s Memorial Park symbolizes a months-long dispute between veterans and city leaders that has escalated into recall petitions being filed for the mayor and all six City Council members.

Spokane VA given limits on surgeries

Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center no longer will perform certain types of surgeries after a systemwide review prompted by surgical deaths at a VA hospital in Illinois. Under a new system, the VA has given each hospital a “surgical complexity” level. Because of that, hospitals in at least five states will now only perform less-complicated surgeries. The hospitals are in Alexandria, La.; Beckley, W.Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Danville, Ill.; and Spokane.

VA limits surgeries at Spokane, other hospitals

The Veterans Affairs Department is limiting the types of surgeries performed at some of its hospitals, including in Spokane, following a systemwide review prompted by surgical deaths at its southern Illinois hospital.

Inland Northwest World War II vets to take D.C. tour

The Inland Northwest Honor Flight chapter will fly 37 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on Friday for a tour of memorials. The vets mostly are from Eastern Washington and North Idaho and are in their mid-’80s to mid-’90s. They represent “quite the cross-section” of military service, said chapter President Tony Lamanna.

Congressman accuses VA of ‘noncompliance’

A key House member asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to explain an apparent “emerging pattern” of agency noncompliance” with congressional requests for information about veteran suicide and other issues.

WWII bomber pilot held ex-POW group together

Jerry Gleesing, a World War II bomber pilot who survived German prison camps and returned to his childhood sweetheart, died Sunday at age 85. Gleesing was commander of the Spokane Inland Empire Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, a group that has remained prominent at local veterans’ events despite its diminished membership in recent years.