SPOKANE -- Larry Kruger filed out of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Sunday, with cookies and coffee in hand. The small treats were well deserved for him, even though he never found himself on the frontlines of a war.
Kruger was one of hundreds who attended the Veterans Day ceremony.
Patriotic songs filled the arena, part of a special musical tribute by the 560th Air National Guard Band of the Northwest. There was also a 21-gun salute by the Spokane area Veterans Guard.
Krueger served during the Vietnam era, but never witnessed combat. He said he did not always feel like he deserved the same recogniton as the veterans who fought in battle. Over the years, he came to realize that everyone who serves has an honorable purpose.
Even though Krueger came to the ceremony to honor his father and brother, who fought in WWI and WWII respectively, he is proud of his own service. He said it means more than anything to him when someone sees his pins and thanks him for serving.