BUTTE - With the Assembly called, Butte citizens gathered at the Civic Center this Veteran’s Day to honor the people who don’t see themselves as heroic.
“And another thing about heroes is most of them don’t ever mention their heroic deeds and they don’t see themselves as heroes,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.
Those who spoke at the ceremony in Butte didn’t hesitate to call the men and women of the armed services heroes. Butte Sheriff Ed Lester admitted when he was younger his heroes were professional athletes whom he never would meet in person.
“But over my lifetime, I really did get to meet my heroes, I just didn’t know I was meeting them along the way, I just failed to recognize them. So thank you to my heroes, all the veterans here today and all those who served our country,” said Lester.
After the service the annual American Legion Race was held with dozens of runners braving the cold.
“Stay motivated no matter what you do! Happy Veterans Day, Hoo-ha!” One runner shouted as he ran by.
Veterans were given a free lunch at the American Legion, which is celebrating 100 years in Butte. The Legion is grateful to serve Butte’s veterans.
“Very, very humble and very thankful,” said American Legion Auxiliary member Jo Ann Piazzola.