Posted: May 26, 2013 9:29 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Updated: May 26, 2013 9:33 PM
The Montana Veterans Memorial has some new additions after workers added more than 30 new tiles this past week.
This comes right in time for the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday afternoon.
Even after the ceremony, organizers said they still plan to add up to 100 more tiles in the coming weeks.
A small group of veterans first decided to build the memorial back in 1999. They only started off with $500.
Founders said they never imagined this memorial to become such staple in our community and can't wait to celebrate the expansion in conjunction with such an important holiday on Monday.
"Our Veterans Memorial here in Great falls belongs to all of us: our ownership, it's pride and ownership," memorial co-founder and Mayor Michael Winters said. "Each veteran can go up there and know he's participated and it's his."
Monday's ceremony at the memorial will start at 2 p.m. Winters said rain or shine, veterans will be honored at the memorial. If weather gets to be too bad, it will be moved indoors to the stadium.
Earlier in the day, a different celebration will kick off at the Highland Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The celebration at Highland Cemetery may be moved to the VFW on 10th Ave South if showers move in.