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'Veterans Make Our Communities Better,' Vet Tells Helena Crowd

Flag at half-staff. File photo
Edward O'Brien

All across the state, many people are taking some time to honor the sacrifices of America’s veterans. Steve Jess attended one of the services, in the capital city.

A 21-gun salute echoed in the chilly air as about 100 people gathered for a brief service recognizing military veterans at Helena’s Memorial Park. Army Veteran Kenneth Rosenbaum spoke of the sacrifices veterans make and their devotion to duty, not only during their service in uniform but also when they rejoin civilian life.

“Whether it’s a school teacher, construction worker or first responder, military veterans take their missions very seriously. They vote in higher percentages than the non-veteran. They are more likely to volunteer in their communities. They’re less likely to live in poverty. In short, veterans make our communities better.”

Vets from most of the military branches were represented at the service. One chair was deliberately left empty, a gesture of remembrance for those who didn’t make it home, the prisoners of war and missing in action.

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