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Aug 17, 2012 11:09 AM by David Jay - Q2 News

Technology helps MT Purple Heart memorial search

BILLINGS - Families and friends of Montana veterans have a new, easier way to honor and remember Purple Heart recipients.

The Order of the Purple Heart unveiled a new touch-screen monitor that can search more than 6,000 names on the Montana Purple Heart Memorial in the Yellowstone County Courthouse.

The computer tells you the exact line and location of each Purple Heart veteran.

Montana Sen. Jon Tester was among those on hand for today's unveiling.

"This is very important to show proper recognition for the folks that have sacrificed for this country," Tester said. "And these Montanans are very important to this country. They have made it what it is today."

"They were very very close to death," said Jerry LaFountain, director of the Montana Purple Heart Foundation, about Purple Heart recipients. "And they were there for us and for all the freedoms and the good things that we in America enjoy and we felt that is something that should be honored and respected and above all should never be forgot."

The touch screen is available for public used during regular business hours at the Yellowstone County Courthouse.

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