Veterans’ Memorial Wall to be dedicated May 19

Marlo Pronovost
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In 2011, a group of Columbus Elementary School students began a project to gather every name of every veteran living or who had lived in Stillwater County.

Led by teacher Jeanne Harsha, the kids’ efforts will come to fruition in a big way on May 19 with the unveiling of the Stillwater Veterans’ Wall at Railroad Park in Columbus.

Those students, who are now eighth-graders, will do the actual unveiling of the wall, which bears the names of some 2,209 veterans.

“I am thrilled to have it finished,” said Harsha.

And the presentation is being done in big style.

Being dubbed “Armed Forces Day Veteran’s Reunion,” on deck are a parade and an open house at the American Legion at Fireman’s Point just outside of Columbus. Hot dogs, soft drinks and beer will be available at Fireman’s Point and the public is encouraged to attend.

District 11 American Legion posts expected to participate are Columbus, Park City, Absarokee, Billings, Red Lodge, Fromberg, Belfry, Hysham, Laurel and Custer, said Larry Tipton, who is helping organize the event.

The “All Military” parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Eighth Street and Pike Avenue and culminate at the Stillwater Veteran’s Wall site. The wall dedication will take place at 10 a.m. with Harsha’s students, followed by the reading of the Stillwater County proclamation and a 21-gun salute, said Tipton.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Tipton at 322-8699 or Harsha at 855-8060.