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New Sign Unveiled at Regional Veterans Memorial in Columbia Park

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Tri-City Veteran's held a ceremony at the Regional Veterans Memorial in Columbia Park. They also unveiled a new granite marker to be the memorial's sign.

Despite the rain a good sized group of veterans and their families remembered their time served in the armed forces at one of the biggest ceremonies in the Tri-Cties Tuesday morning. 

The Regional Veteran's Memorial was built to honor our local military men and woman.

"I had several friends that were on the Murmansk that never made it. The ship went down," said Frank Griffith, Veteran of the Marines.

There are more than 23 million veterans in our nation who served from WWI all the way up to the current war in Iraq. November 11th was chosen because in 1919 it was Armistice Day.

"Armistice Day is our celebration of the end of WWI, the Great War, it is a day to honor and celebrate with the veterans of all nations in all wars," Jim Kion, Veteran and Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.

Many veterans have sons and daughters serving in Iraq

"Our daughter who served 15 months in Iraq was able to come out here and be the featured speaker at the Department of Energy's veteran celebration last Thursday and we were very proud of her in that case," said Kion.

Many ceremonies are held at 11 o'clock to symbolize the end of WWI during the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

"It's wonderful to see those that observe and it makes you feel awful good when someone comes along and says thank you and i appreciate that," said Griffith.