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Bullock continues to live Boys State ideals

2012-10-15T00:00:00Z 2012-10-16T17:59:45Z Bullock continues to live Boys State ideals The Billings Gazette
October 15, 2012 12:00 am

For 41 years I was associated with the American Legion Montana Boys State program; for more than half of those years, I served either as the program's chief counselor or as its director. Every year I "hired" more than 40 counselors.

Steve Bullock was one of the best counselors Boys State ever had. For more than 15 years, Bullock gave up a week of vacation, for no pay, to come to UM-Western in Dillon and help young men formulate the principles of their citizenship, leadership and patriotism. Bullock is a former Boys State governor who was elected by conservative young men from every town in Montana. They trusted him to lead and represent them.

As a counselor, every day at 6:30 a.m., Bullock led more than 400 young men in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America." Also, because he is a Boston Marathoner, I asked him to "warm up" the delegates to get a good start on the day.

Bullock is a patriot. He taught love of God and country. He explored the meaning of freedom. He taught respect for the American flag — stars and stripes forever. Bullock was effective because he not only taught these values, he lived them. No young man who became acquainted with Bullock at our program has forgotten or will forget him. He is a patriot in every sense of the word. I do not personally know every candidate, but I do know Steve Bullock. He continues to live those Boys State ideals.

K. Paul Stahl


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