WWII Veterans Honored at Spirit of 45 Day

Friday marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In honor of those who served, Mayor Tom Hanel declared the day Spirit of 45 Day in Billings.

In spite of the heat, there was a big turn out at the ceremony on Friday morning.

"Well you know we don't often have a chance to thank our World War II Veterans. It's a pretty special day and we just wanted to commemorate that," said Retired Army Chaplain Skip Venard.

Mayor Hanel and veterans spoke about the importance of remembering and thanking those who served and the value of the lessons learned during the Second World War.

"This was an impressive program, I really appreciated coming. I didn't have to come very far but it was well worth the time and the effort to get here. It kind of tears a person up," said Donald Bjertness, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Yellowstone National Cemetery at 6:30 p.m. Wreaths will be laid on the graves of all of those who served in the Second World War.

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