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Veterans honored in Missoula

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MISSOULA - Dozens of veterans and their families gathered Saturday for the American Legion Post 101 and the Old Post Veterans Day ceremony.

This is the 99th year they have held this event and for the first time, it took place at Fort Missoula Regional Park.

Missoula Mayor John Engen, representatives for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) -- along with many others -- thanked the veterans for their service.

The commander and vice commander of Post 101 spoke about veterans suicide rates and how getting veterans involved with their communities can help support them in times of crisis, reminding folks that Montana has the highest rate of veteran suicides in the U.S.

"They're lookin' for reasons to live and they're running out and each and every day we have veterans deciding they have no more reason to live and to me, that's a national tragedy," Clinton Decker said.

Following the ceremony, veterans and their families headed over to a Griz football tailgate hosted by the Montana Military Order of the Purple Heart. Veterans and emergency responders were also given free tickets to Saturday's Griz football game.

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