Posted: Nov 12, 2012 7:15 AM by Callie Eike - Q2 News
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 7:15 AM
BILLINGS - On Veterans Day we honor our nation's heroes, the brave soldiers who would sacrifice anything for their true love - America.
The MSU-B ROTC joined together to show the Billings community and veterans their support.
"The purpose to the run was to thank the veterans in our community, and let them see the flag, let them see what we're doing so that it's a visual thank you," stated Caden Tyler Murray.
Frigid temperatures and icy conditions did not stop them from running 50 miles in 12 hours, one mile for each state in our nation.
"12 groups of two cadets and then other cadets jumped in, so we had sections where there were upwards of almost 20 people running and then the lowest count was 2 cadets," stated Murray"
"I ran from about 9 am in the morning until 10, and that's about what the temperature was," stated Col Dean Shultis. "It was cold it was a Sunday morning and I have to tell you I was truly amazed at the number of people who honked and waved and the amount of support we had."
The American flag lead the way, followed by the POW-MIA flag representing those who are not forgotten.
"You carry old glory everywhere, and the POW-MIA is the sign that we never forget those that are missing," said Cadet Murray
With more than 300 Montana soldiers currently fighting we should be thankful for our veterans every day, not just on the single holiday of the year.
"The military isn't some separate entity. It's us, it's American citizens. Some of us do one thing, and some of us are in the military, and that connection we can build that extends beyond veterans day is incredibly important," stated Col Shultis.
Without our brave soldiers we would not be the Country we are today....Lets pause a moment to remember and honor our veterans of the past and present.
Happy Veterans Day.