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12th annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony honors military members at Centene Stadium

Posted: 11/11/2017 17:00:00 -07:00 Updated:

(GREAT FALLS) On Saturday morning, on the 11th day, 11th hour, of the 11th month, both retired and active military members gathered in Centene Stadium in honor of Veterans Day.

The day and time in 1918 marked the end of World War I.

The ceremony included guest speakers Senator Jon Tester, University of Providence President Anthony Aretz, Montana State Senator Al Olszewski, along with performances by the Great Falls Shrine Band Pipers, St. Anne's Choir, and many more.

During the ceremony, the Marine Corps League performed a boots and rifle ceremony.

The helmet, boots, and rifle displayed indicate that a comrade is missing from the ranks.

Retired Colonel Richard Liebert said the importance of remembering is not just today, but every day.

"First, we always have to remember our fallen. Second, we have to honor our veterans and our service. And third, we have to remind the nation that we have to make the commitment to defend the nation and provide the resources from the whole nation to make that possible,” Richard Liebert said.

He added that veterans made the liberties possible and future young men and women will have to carry the task forward.

After the ceremony, people were invited to the Veterans Memorial where flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of the veterans.

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