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Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications, 406-243-2311, peggy.kuhr@umontana.edu ; David Bell, co-founder and president, Grateful Nation Montana, 406-523-3851, dbell@gratefulnationmontana.com .

Grateful Nation Memorial On UM Campus To Become Official Iraq, Afghanistan Memorial For Montana

Apr. 03, 2013

MISSOULA –

The Grateful Nation Montana Fallen Soldier Memorial at The University of Montana is a solemn reminder of lives lost in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bronze memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars in the Middle East, soon will become the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial.

The Montana Legislature recently passed House Bill 351, extending the state designation to the memorial, without a single opposing vote. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will sign the bill into law at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, in the Reception Room of the State Capitol in Helena.

“It’s a proud day for Montanans as we stand together and recognize the sacrifices that Montana members of the United States Armed Services and their families have made for our country,” said David Bell, Grateful Nation Montana co-founder and president.

“I’m proud that my alma mater – UM – has made it a priority to honor the sacrifices of our military, prominently featuring this inspiring and emotional memorial on its main campus, as well as the many other veteran-outreach and education services the University offers.”

The Fallen Soldier Memorial features five larger-than-life bronze statues surrounded by granite tablets recessed in the ground. The tablets are inscribed with the name, branch, rank, years lived and Montana hometowns of each fallen soldier.

Grateful Nation Montana was formed in 2007 to facilitate college educations for the children of Montana soldiers killed in active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is a Montana University System Board of Regents sanctioned program led by UM.

For more information call Peggy Kuhr, UM vice president for integrated communications, at 406-243-2311, email peggy.kuhr@umontana.edu or visit http://www.gratefulnationmontana.com. For more information on the governor’s signing ceremony, call Judy Beck at 406-444-9725 or email jbeck@mt.gov.

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