THREE FORKS, Mt. - In Montana, communities across the state gathered to celebrate veterans. In Three Forks, west of Bozeman, students in kindergarten through 12th grade showed their appreciation for our nations military. It is a tradition that brings together the entire school.
Every branch of our nation's military had a seat at the celebration, and organizers made sure each one was recognized. One veteran we spoke to is Ray Lau. He served during World War II.
"I was in the Navy for 2 years, 1 month, 11 days and 23 hours," said Lau.
Lau is from Pony, and has been coming to the ceremony in Three Forks for 30 years. He wants to impart on children the value of their freedom.
"That freedom is not free, that it has to be earned," said Lau.
This year, Sen. Jon Tester was a special guest. He sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and wanted to give thanks.
"Veterans who are here today and around this country know there is nothing glamorous about war," said Tester.
We also spoke to students at the event who want veterans to know they appreciate all that they have done for this country.
"Thank you for coming and thank you for saving us," said Gabby Rauser.
"Thank you for serving and thank you for our freedom," said Tayla Moeykins.
As the ceremony came to a close, the veterans retired the colors, one last reminder of those who have served and given their lives for our freedom.
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