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Small Montana town honoring veterans

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ROBERTS - A small town showed its patriotism Sunday as it prepared for Veterans Day.

The town of Roberts has honored veterans in a special way for three years. Citizens put up crosses for veterans who have died and dog tag replicas for veterans who are still living.

The group put up 308 crosses and 133 dog tags along Highway 212,  all for veterans who have lived in Roberts.

One veteran, Joe Allen, died Monday and his family held the funeral Friday. His dog tag will be replaced with a cross. It’s a special time for the Allen family, especially for Joe’s grandchildren.

"It's something they'll never forget,” said Mary Allen, Joe’s widow. “And this is something special and they're paying tribute to Papa."

"For my father and my uncle and everyone that's served, it's great to recognize them and show them that we're proud of what they've done for our country and everyone else,"  said Tyler Allen, Joe’s son.

"You've got to support the veterans,” said Ken Karina, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam era “They do a fine job and they're the one's that give you the privileges to do the things you shouldn't even do."

"It's great,”  said Bill Spence, a U.S. Army veteran who served during Vietnam.  “We're awfully lucky to live in this part of the country. I think it's great."

"It's fantastic that this little town comes out in such a big way and shows their patriotism and their honoring of their veterans,"  said Kyle McKinney, co-chair of the Roberts Activities Committee.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Allens and three other families will be presented with the dog tags in a special Veterans Day ceremony.

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