Memorial Day observed at Montana Veterans Memorial
By: Mackenzie Lee - MTN News
GREAT FALLS -
On Monday afternoon dozens gathered at the Montana Veterans Memorial to recognize Memorial Day.
The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard started the event with an Honor Flyover in a C-130.
Great Falls Veterans Center counselor Christine King spoke about the sacrifices veterans have made, and the importance of grief counseling to families of deceased active duty military members.
Colonel Eric Hastings of the 12th U.S. Marine Corps District recognized the ultimate sacrifice our deceased veterans have made.
"Today is a day for us to reflect and take time to honor those whose supreme sacrifices have given us the freedoms we enjoy. And enable those to pass those on, pass on those liberties to a cherished new generation. Today is also a day to thank and support those who live with the loss of their loved ones," said Hastings.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester played "Taps," and tenor John McDermott performed songs such Danny Boy and Green Fields of France.
The Malmstrom Air Force Base Honor Guard, along with veterans groups, presented the colors.