Just days after Americans across the country exercised their electoral freedom, people are preparing to honor those who fought to protect those freedoms.
Since Veterans Day, which is usually celebrated on Nov. 11, falls on a Sunday this year, most local events are being held this Friday.
Montana State University-Northern is holding its event on the campus’ south lawn, near the Student Union Building. The celebration will start at 11:11 a. m., in honor of the origin of Veterans Day, when the peace treaty that ended World War I was signed at that time on the 11th day of the 11th month.
The program will begin with presentation of colors, music and a reading of the names of Montanans who have died in 21st century conflicts.
“This short event is meant to bring honor to the men and women who served and continue to serve Montana and the United States of America so valiantly, ” Northern’s weekly newsletter said. “The public is welcome to join us as we celebrate and honor our country's heroes. ”
On Sunday, the Havre American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are holding their annual event in the Town Square downtown, also at 11:11 a. m.. Jed Damson, local commander of the Legion, said they will probably gather at the Elk’s Lodge, warming up over some coffee.
Damson also noted the Veterans Wall of Honor he is working on at the Atrium Mall. He wants all veterans, or their family and friends, to know that he is looking for 8x10 photos and information — name, rank, time served and a short biography — to add to the wall.
The American Legion Post 67, from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, is holding an invitation-only dinner at the Mediterranean Room at the Duck Inn at 6 p. m.
While paying tribute to all of their veterans, the event will particularly highlight two of their oldest — Clifford Boushie, who served in the Army during the Korean War, and Ted Russette Jr., who was in the Army Air Corp during World War II.