All around the country, Americans honored military personal on Veterans Day, on Sunday for the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War or World War I.
MSU Billings and the Friends of the Yellowstone National Cemetery Board hosted the day of remembrance.
The event included a Purple Heart dedication along with some traditional military remembrances.
Mike Stevens is a retired U.S. Navy 13th Master Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank for an enlisted man.
He grew up in Arlee, Montana was the keynote speaker.
“It’s always important to remember what military service is, what it means to our country,” Stevens said. “Reminds us not to take our liberties for granted and that there’s a lot of people who have sacrificed a great deal over the course of the history of country.”
“It’s an especially important day today because it’s also a hundred years ago from Armistice, the end of World War I,” said Dr. Dan Edelman, MSUB chancellor.
“This happens to be a bigger event with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day,” said Bill Kennedy, MSUB Foundation President and Yellowstone National Cemetery board member. “As World War I, it was the war to end all wars and we know we’ve successive wars after that.”
The Lockwood Schools band played the National Anthem.
James Mariska, Montana Army Reserve Ambassador, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sue Davidson, chaplain for Laurel American Legion Post 123, gave the opening prayer.
Q2’s Ed McIntosh was the Master of Ceremonies.