Frenchtown students honor veterans with 3rd annual ceremony
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Frenchtown School District hosted its third Veterans Day ceremony Friday to celebrate fallen and current heroes who served for our country. The ceremony presented veterans with videos, songs and a special reception. For veteran Julie Vanhise the ceremony's a one-of-a-kind chance to share time with family. After all, her son knows what the service cost them. "Just sometimes when she is gone it's hard," said Braeden Vanhise. Julie Vanhise retired after 20 years in the Air Force, and the family decided to move here. "It was time -- mainly for this one right here so that he could settle down and be in one school," said Julie Vanhise. The ceremony also brought out emotions from 70-year-old Gary Fegan. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years. "A lot of times we get lost in the shuffle, and it's kind of nice to step back and realize what we owe to people, and I'm starting to get a little emotional," said Fegan. The school also has a pen pal program called the Frenchtown Heroes, where sixth graders send letters of thanks and appreciation to those currently in the armed forces. It's just these students' way of saying thank you.