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Veterans Day observed in Great Falls

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Judge Gregory Pinski and Governor Steve Bullock were this year's guest speakers Judge Gregory Pinski and Governor Steve Bullock were this year's guest speakers
Great Falls Rescue Mission hosted its annual veterans luncheon. Great Falls Rescue Mission hosted its annual veterans luncheon.
GREAT FALLS -

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918...an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany during the First World War.

Armistice Day was later re-named Veteran's Day in 1954.

In Great Falls, the Montana Veterans Memorial held their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday morning.

Members from Malmstrom Air Force Base, the Montana Air National Guard, and community members came to honor those who are or have serviced in our armed forces.

Judge Gregory Pinski and Governor Steve Bullock were this year's guest speakers

Both Pinski and Bullock spoke of who needs to step up and help our veterans in need.

"Probably actually talking to the veterans and the folks who have given so much. And wanting, as the official governmental leader of the state, to let them know that we accept what they give. And that we certainly have obligations to them and their families,” Bullock said.

Governor Bullock came to celebrate the day in Great Falls because of the men and women who are currently deployed from MT ANG and also from the Montana Army National Guard.

Also on Wednesday, the Great Falls Rescue Mission hosted its annual veterans luncheon.

About 30 veterans came through the kitchen for hot food and cake.

Rescue Mission director Jim Kizer says they serve homeless veterans daily through meals, shelter, clothing, medical care, and Christ-centered recovery programs.

He estimates that about 25% of Rescue Mission clients are veterans, and noted that he meal was not just about saying thank you it was about bringing veterans together.

Kizer said, "I think one of the most rewarding things for them is to talk to each other, you know, they get a chance to talk about their journey and what they went through, and it's good to kind of re-hash some of that. At the same time, we let them know that they're important, that their service to this country is important, and to us individually it's very important."

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