Memorial Day 2021 started at 7:00 a.m. on the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery with a dawn service deliberate and hosted by the United Veterans Council.
Following the presentation of the colours with members of the Civil Air Patrol, doctor, Montana legislator and gubernatorial candidate Dr. Al Olszewski addressed the small crowd on the cemetery.
“At the moment we pay tribute to the women and men who gave their lives within the service of our nation,” mentioned Olszewski. “And that alone makes us an distinctive nation. It is not Lolo Peak. It is not the springtime and the birds right here on this hallowed place. It is the individuals and the souls of those that have sacrificed every part that make us an distinctive individuals, and an distinctive nation.”
Dr. Olszewski delivered to thoughts the truth that Montana has led the nation for a few years not solely within the variety of veterans per capita, however sadly for the variety of veterans who’ve taken their very own lives.
“We speak about people who have misplaced their lives that got here house from Afghanistan, Iraq, and from each battle, and sadly, they’ve taken their lives on their very own due to their struggling,” he mentioned. “Let’s not let that get too far superior, or it is too late the place they really feel that they are so lonely, and that begins proper now.”
Dr. Olszewski mentioned the relationships which can be shaped earlier than the younger man or lady really joins the service are important in serving to them after they return house.
“We have to begin creating these relationships now, particularly when a younger man or younger lady says, you understand, I am considering of serving our nation proper now.” He mentioned. “We have to arrange that relationship and encourage them. We have to assist them as they serve, particularly as they’re being advised that true patriotism perhaps is tarnished. We have to inform them no, it has been purified by hearth. It’s pure as gold and we are able to see that the
leads to entrance of us with these white tombstones and the souls that lay earlier than them.”
Dr. Olszewski associated a private story of his relationship with Chuck Yeager, the person who broke the sound barrier, whose story was profiled within the film ‘The Proper Stuff’ and who just lately handed away. Olszewski mentioned Yeager spoke of the various pilots who flew off on missions in World Struggle II and by no means returned.
“He advised me someday, he was quiet, and he mentioned, you understand, I misplaced plenty of pals to start with of World Struggle II,” he mentioned.” I wasn’t even allowed to fly at the moment, however we misplaced so many good younger males that may fly out and by no means come again. How do I make it day-to-day? It’s by remembering them and honoring their spirit and serving our nation. And that is what it’s. It is service above self. Remember it, Doc. Its service above self.”
The dawn service was one among 12 being introduced by the United Veterans Council, broadly believed to be essentially the most of any single neighborhood in the USA.
The ceremony ended with the enjoying of ‘Faucets’.
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