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Maria Glover sings the National Anthem next to Bruce Ellis Fein of the Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Monday, May 27, as part of the community’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

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Great Falls Marks Memorial Day

Annual ceremony pays tribute to veterans past and present.

Retired Lt. Gen. Norman H. Smith was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in December 1955, more than 10 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima. But 68 years later, he accompanied 14 surviving veterans to the Japanese island, and he was struck by the stories he heard.

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