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Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Capitol

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The Montana Civil Air Patrol put together the Wreaths Across America ceremony today at the Capitol Building.

Wreaths Across America was organized to commemorate veterans and active duty military during the holidays.  Idaho National Guard Veteran and Helena resident Ron Koontz was presented a wreath in memory of his stepson, Scott Dykman, who was killed in Iraq in late 2006.

Koontz says, "For all the soldiers, Marines, Navy, this symbolizes that we've never ever forgot them.  And we'll never forget them.  And that's what the wreath is all about.  We always remember them."

Many veterans, including Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger, spoke about remembering the contributions of those who've served, and are serving in the armed forces, including the freedom they fought so hard for.

Lt. Col. Karen Semple of the Montana Civil Air Patrol, says, "Seeing the Patriot Guard here and the many Vietnam era veterans and other veterans who came to be a part of the ceremony and to honor the sacrifice their fellow veterans and those who've fallen, those who are serving."

Another Wreaths Across America ceremony is scheduled to take place at Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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