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Veteran's Day at MontanaFair

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It's not November 11th, but in the Magic City, it's Veteran's Day in August. Day eight at MontanaFair is dedicated to veterans.

Many veterans came out to MetraPark to get in on some of the fun and enjoy the free admission. The singing of the National Anthem kicked off Veteran's Day at MetraPark, followed by a ceremony with guest speakers.

"By having days and events like this, it also raises community awareness," says George Blackard, United Veterans Council Commander. Blackard says it's one more way for the community to say thanks. "That thank you from them means a lot to veterans. It means that people recognize that hey we've made some sacrifices and we've done some things, so that's always nice to hear."

"It's just a fantastic day. We can bring the smiles to their faces, both the recent veterans, and the veterans of WWII and other wars. It's a great honor for us to do that," says Glenn Hufnagel, President of the Billings Breakfast Exchange Club. The Breakfast Exchange Club has sponsored Veteran's Day at MontanaFair for the last four years.

MontanaFair Managers welcomed a special guest, a recent veteran, and they wanted this Billings native to really have a good time. Bo Reichenbach served as a Navy Seal and lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in July of last year.

"It's a big honor to be here supporting veterans and I just want to be able to do anything I can to help," says Reichenbach. "I'm glad to have my family here with me and my son and stuff. We can have a good time."

"A lot of veterans come back from war and go right to work and they don't get much of a break. So even just a day like this is a lot of fun," says Blackard. "I think it's important to point out the sacrifices of our veterans to our young people. Some of those young people eventually may join the military themselves, but at a minimum, they can have a respect and appreciation for what veterans have done for our county and for them."

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