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Small landslide exposes graves at Spokane cemetery

Cemetery officials will take a closer look today at a small landslide that exposed several graves over the holiday weekend at Fairmount Memorial Park in northwest Spokane. The slide on the northwest side of the cemetery carried one concrete vault containing a casket partly down a slope and exposed the ends of several other vaults, said Denny York, president and CEO of Fairmount Holdings Inc., a division of the nonprofit Fairmount Memorial Association that owns the cemetery.

75 service members honored at memorial ceremony

Marlene Sawdy wiped fresh tears from her eyes Monday, the flag being folded in front of her causing images of three generations of her military family to come rushing back in an instant. “When they put on that uniform, they stood a little bit taller,” Sawdy said of her father, brother and son, all veterans of foreign wars and all buried more than 14 years ago without the military honors Congress later said they deserved.

Storytellers to bring alive pioneer days

Get to know Spokane’s history through the lives of some of its famous and colorful pioneers (and interesting characters as well) Saturday at the daylong Walking With Ancestors event at Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second annual day of tours, displays and a free catered lunch is sponsored by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and Fairmount Memorial Association. At the gravesites there will be re-enactments by society members, in period costumes, who will tell the stories of many of the people who are laid to rest at Fairmount.

Crowd gathers to honor fallen service members

Marge Brown stood near the graves of eight family members at Fairmount Memorial Park on Monday morning during a moving tribute to all of the soldiers who have died in defense of America. Brown was among nearly 300 people who gathered in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial for an hourlong holiday observance punctuated with a 21-gun salute.

Hundreds gather for Memorial Day tribute in Spokane

Marge Brown stood near the graves of eight family members at Fairmount Memorial Park on Monday morning during a moving tribute to all of the soldiers who have died in defense of America. Brown was among nearly 300 people who gathered in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial for an hourlong holiday observance punctuated with a 21-gun salute.

Civil War veteran buried in Spokane

Today is Veterans Day, the day we give thanks to our military veterans. Those who are old enough remember it by its previous name, Armistice Day, for the signing on Nov. 11, 1918, of the armistice ending World War I. Still, the day has always been about the soldiers. Perhaps no soldiers are more revered than those whose outstanding actions and sacrifice earned them the Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be bestowed upon members of the military, given for valor and bravery above and beyond the call of duty.

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.

Former Lincoln guard helped build Spokane

This is the month to observe the birthdays of famous American presidents. We are midway between President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) and the birthday of President George Washington (Feb. 22) – the perfect time to note that one longtime Spokane resident knew President Lincoln personally. It had been his job to protect him during the Civil War.