GREAT FALLS – On Saturday, July 16, 2022, the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls added enhancements for its LED lights that will be attached to its sandstone pillars.
The memorial is important to all veterans whose names date back to the Civil War.
Michael Winters, one of the people who drove the memorial’s creation, says the pillars represent the eternal flame and honor of the veterans and those currently serving
Winters says adding these lights is just another way to honor those who have served both in the past and in the present.
He explained: “We attach extensions to the LED lights that we attach to our sandstone columns. The American Legion Post gave these pillars to the city as an eternal flame, and there has not been a light burned there for many moons, and therefore the Montana Veterans Memorial, our community rejoices these memorials not only to veterans of WWI, but of all conflicts and all Rethinking Veterans.
The Montana Veterans Memorial emphasizes that it is our responsibility to recognize the sacrifices and accomplishments of those who gave part of their youth or their whole lives for these great states, and that it is our civic duty to remember the past and them to inspire future.
Winters added, “The lights are so important, so very important. It honors everyone who has signed a bottom line check in defense of our nation.”
Drilled into the shell at the top of the pillar are new solar powered lights that emit a soft glow and shine brightly forever.
The other restoration is the concrete replacement within the memorial itself.
Winters said: “The goal is to create a safe place of remembrance in the community. There are almost 8,000 tiles here. When we gain funds, we try to improve.”
Since opening in 2006, the Montana Veterans Memorial has placed more than 7,400 tiles honoring living and deceased Montana veterans. About 200 new tiles are added each year before Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
The Montana Veterans Memorial is located at 1025 25th Street North in Great Falls. For more information or to honor a veteran, Click here to visit the websiteor call 406-454-9070.