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I first want to thank all the wonderful people of Yellowstone County who support the mill levy for our county Veterans Cemetery. To a person, this Veterans Day was absolutely wonderful. Everything fell into place, and many people were involved.

For as many as I may name, I will miss a few. First, I want to add thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders for its support. What a wonderful bunch of men and women to be a part of.

I would be remiss if I didn't tell each of you the difference for the day's events was the wonderful Laurel High School choir and band. We were fortunate that day to bestow long-awaited honors in the name of Staff Sgt. Berman Ganoe (MIA-KIA) to his wife Melba. This was definitely a living history lesson for the students.

As always, having Art Klein, Ben Steele and Ted Donley in attendance gives reverence to the many days these men spent as prisoners of war.

What is most important of the day was the welcome that the community of Laurel gave us. This is a wonderful community that has always embraced all things American and the county's veterans population.

Mayor Olsen and Peggy Miller gave us an outline for the day that equaled the best Veterans Day to date.

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Angelo Bianco

United Veterans Council Adjutant

Billings

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