MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – For nearly 30 years, meeting up at a local tavern has been part of the tradition for a group of veterans. It is a group that continues to grow, according to John Naye.

“It just kept getting bigger and bigger, and all of a sudden it just became really important,” said Naye. “It’s just the recognition that we are a band of brothers and sisters.”

At Roanoke Inn Tavern Friday night, tables were filled with friends sharing stories about their military service.

Clyde Cherbarg and Robert Dietg both served in the Army.

“I like to be with the brothers,” said Cherbarg, who retired as Major General. “They are important to me and always have been. I’m proud to be one of them.”

Inside the tavern, so much pride was on display. Veterans showed up wearing their uniforms, jackets, and hats.

Colonel Bruce Meyers, a veteran of the Marine Corps, arrived wearing his fifteen medals. He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. As he exited the tavern, he received a standing ovation from customers who thanked him for his service.