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Hamilton honors veterans at school assembly

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HAMILTON, Mont. - Hamilton School district pulled out all the stops to honor our veterans in a massive assembly.

Students from all grade levels said thank you Friday to the men and women, past and present, who served our country.

As many as 2,500 people, including students, gave a huge welcome to the veterans who were seated in a spot of honor.

The Bitterroot is patriot country.

"More Montanans volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces per capita than almost any other state in the country," said Hamilton High Principal Dan Kimzey. "When folks are in danger Montanans are there to answer the call to duty."

Not many seats were empty in the sizable gym.

There were veterans from every branch of service. Veterans from WWII to Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as peace time veterans were honored.

It was a musical morning, with songs from the smaller children and the middle school and high school choirs.

Veterans and the rest of the community stood and sang along as they heard official service songs from "Caissons Go Rolling Along" to the "Marine Corps Hymn," "Anchors Aweigh," "Semper Paratus" and "The U.S. Air Force Song."

Several students read essays they had written for the veterans.

"If someone started to attack us," said Hamilton sixth grader Trevor Lewis, "they would risk their lives to protect us."

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