Category Archives: Veterans

Construction begins June 1 at Montana Veterans Memorial

The Montana Veterans Memorial will be closed for construction beginning June 1 for six to eight weeks. Concrete has been shifting on the 16 -year-old memorial due to an unstable base containing reject fill material. An estimated 4,000 to 4,400 square feet of concrete and substandard sub-grade fill material will be excavated and replaced, according to the Montana Veterans Memorial

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Memorial Day ceremonies planned in Great Falls

The Montana Veterans Memorial Association is holding the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors at Centene Stadium in the suites. Seating is limited indoors. Organizers will make a decision on weather at noon. This year’s speaker is Bishop Marcus Collins of

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Annual veterans day ceremony at Great Falls memorial

The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Montana Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Former television personality and U.S. Navy veteran Art Taft will serve as the master of ceremonies. Members of the 341st Missile Wing Honor Guard will present the colors and Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Sarah Bendele will provide the invocation. Retired Montana Air

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Former Montana military commanders selected for Air Force, VA leadership positions

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton has been nominated to assume command of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He is currently the deputy commander and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base from 2009-2011 when he was vice commander and commander. Allen confirmed for brigadier general rank, Cotton confirmed for third star If confirmed, Cotton

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Veterans Day ceremony is virtual this year

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Montana Veterans Memorial will be virtual this year. The ceremony will be a virtual broadcast from Centene Stadium with Col. Anita Feugate Opperman, 341st Missile Wing commander, providing the keynote address. Disabled American Veterans 2nd Junior Vice Commander, Joe Parsetich, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the DAV. The broadcast will begin at

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Pinski resigning as district court judge

Greg Pinski is resigning his seat as a district court judge in Cascade County, effective Oct. 2. He was elected in 2012 and again in 2018 to another six-year term. The resignation will prompt the advertising of the position and the state Judicial Nominating Commission will accept those applications and public comment on them. It will then interview applicants and

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Memorial Day ceremony will be done virtually due to pandemic restrictions

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony from the Montana Veterans Memorial Association will be conducted online to comply with guidance for COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. Navy Capt. Ken Robison, ret., will give the keynote speech and focus on a historical perspective of previous crises and moving forward as a

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Vet court gets $107K donation to support homeless female veterans

The local veterans court program will soon be able to provide more assistance for the homeless female veterans participants. On Tuesday, the court was presented with a $107,044 donation that will go through Veterans Mentoring Veterans, the nonprofit created by the program mentors to support court activities and participants. The funds will be used to provide safe, clean housing for

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Veterans Treatment Court marks fifth anniversary in Great Falls

Dave Belcher served in the Army and returned from a combat tour with a traumatic brain injury. “We put our boots on and we leave the ones we love behind to go fight…for your safety. That’s what we do,” Belcher said. Two veterans take their life back in Cascade County Veterans Court graduation When he came home, he was angry

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