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Memorial Day service held in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS - Hundreds of people gathered at the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls on Monday to pay tribute to the men and women who have died defending our country. 

The ceremony this year also included the dedication of a new section of the memorial reserved for members of the Blackfeet tribe. 

Marvin Weatherwax, a U.S. Army veteran and now a professor at Blackfeet Community College, spoke about the importance of  military service, as well as the "unseen baggage" brought home by those who survive the perils of war. 

Weatherwax noted, "When they go out there, they go out there with a mission, and it is that mission, that dedication, that willingness to do what they were told to do and what they had to do, that brings them back here today to be with you." 

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) also took part in the ceremony by playing "Taps," and he told the audience, "This is the day that we give thanks for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country so that we can be here today celebrating." 

Following the ceremony there was a special Blackfeet blessing of the at the newest section of the memorial wall.

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