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D-Day, Jerry Weed and the price of freedom

D-Day, Jerry Weed and the price of freedom

As our nation celebrates its 238th birthday, we've learned the hard way, time and again, that freedom isn't free. Just ask Jerry Weed, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day and spent Independence Day 1944 helping liberate France.

Weed, who's 95 now, jumped into France with the 82nd Airborne Division. He says today that he can't remember what he did yesterday, but he remembers every detail of June 6, 1944.

Just like so many men and women who joined the military with a desire to defend their country after 9/11, the same was true with the Greatest Generation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

"That was Sunday afternoon that he found out and Monday he quit his job and went down and joined the Army," Jerry's son Bill said.

Bill doesn't claim his dad Jerry is perfect but he will tell you but he is a hero. After D-Day, Jerry participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. He received two Bronze Stars and was wounded twice in combat.

70 years after Jerry jumped into France, his son wanted to make sure his dedication as an Army paratrooper and a father never goes unnoticed.

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

“If you have been given this letter, this means that I did not make it through deployment.” That sentence began the final goodbye from 20-year-old PFC Jarrod Allen Lallier to his family shortly after he was killed in action two years ago.

“Express my story with everyone, and hopefully I can somehow change someone's life,” he ended. And that's exactly what happened Thursday at Crossfit Rewired in north Spokane. Everyone who walked through the doors heard Jarrod's story, including his final words, before participating in a customized hero workout – each number of reps or timed set linked to Jarrod.

“The numbers six, 18 and 12 represent the date he was killed in Afghanistan – June 18, 2012. Twenty is how old his was, which is [the time] for the L-sit hold,” said gym owner and lead coach Adam Ludlow. “And as far as the movements go in this workout, he kind of loved and hated all the running and there's definitely a lot of core work because, according to his family, he was kind of bragging about the six-pack he was getting since joining the Army. We wanted to honor him with that.”

Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion

Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion

If you're headed to the Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Coeur d'Alene, keep your eyes peeled for a cool fundraiser. Families and staff of the Sorenson Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities are pulling together to raise money to help the families of two children burned last week in a backyard accident.

“We are a family. We stick together,” said parent and staff person Lisa Thompson. “This is a horrible situation and we wanted to do what we can to help the family, our family.”

Both today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), the group will be outside of the new Java at 9th and Sherman selling Otter Pops before and during the parades. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go directly to the fund that has been set up to help pay for travel and lodging expenses for the families.

Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Eastern Washington 4th of July celebrations

Looking for 4th of July fireworks in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Adams County:

  • Othello – Lions Park at 10:00 pm

Asotin County:

  • Clarkston – Adams Field, Clarkston High School at 10:00 pm

Benton County:

  • Benton City – Little League Fields at Dusk
  • Kennewick – Columbia Park at Dusk
  • Prosser – Prosser High School at 10:00 pm

Columbia County:

None listed

Douglas County:

  • Watervillw – NCW Fairgrounds at 10:00 pm

Ferry County:

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Riverfront Park 4th of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities in Spokane's Riverfront Park kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart. And to make sure you don't miss a thing, we've compiled a list of all the day's activities in one easy-to-find place.

 

Clocktower Stage

  • Noon – Square Dancers
  • 2:00 pm – Spokane Aerial
  • 4:00 pm – Blue Door Improv

 

Lilac Bowl Stage

  • 2:00 pm – Steven King
  • 7:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm – Spokane Jazz Orchestra
  • 10:00 pm – Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display

 

Children's Meadow

ATF agents search north Spokane home

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Spokane Police officers served a search warrant Wednesday night at a northeast Spokane home following a fireworks accident.

"There were about 10 to 15 police cars at that time and then a white van pulled up and firetrucks an ambulance and everything," neighbor Jacque DeMarco said.

Authorities said the homeowner told them he was making fireworks on Friday night when one exploded. The homeowner transported himself to Holy Family Hospital, but was then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle because of the severity of his injuries.

Spokane Police said because of the nature of the incident, officers searched his house. They wouldn't say what they were looking for, but neighbors have an idea.

"Trying to find explosives because he was building fireworks for the Fourth of July when it exploded in his face," neighbor Les Crouch said.

Manufacturing explosives without a proper permit and license in a criminal offense.

Riverside State Park wants to make you Happy

Does visiting Riverside State Park make you Happy? That's the theme of a new music video they debuted this week.

Featuring a funky park ranger who isn't afraid to bust a move and hundreds of volunteers dancing to the hit song Happy by Pharell Williams, the video has already been viewed 12-hundred times since it was posted last Friday.

Anyone with a keen eye will also be able to pick out some of their favorite locations in the park, and maybe even a guest appearance by none other than Smokey Bear.

Riverside State Park is a 14,000-acre camping park along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park supports a wide variety of recreational activities and is rich in history.

Freshwater marshes, running rivers and beautiful countryside make up the terrain. The park also includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area which is available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating.