Roberts recognized for honoring Veterans

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor

Last week will go down as an historic day in the life of the Roberts’ community. Senator Steve Daines’ office presented Roberts with a Congressional Record Certificate whereupon the town was officially recognized into the Congressional Record on Nov. 7, 2017 for their Veterans Program and patriotism.
The presentation ceremony took place Nov. 14 at the Roberts High School gym prior to the school’s Christmas program. Receiving the honor from Jenna McKinney of Sen. Daines’ office were three members of the Roberts Activity Committee, Kyle McKinney, Frank Ropp and Steve Keebler and Carbon County Commissioner Bill Bullock.
Liz Ching, of the Governor’s Economic Development Office, read a letter from Montana Gov. Steve Bullock expressing his regard for the town.
In recognizing Roberts Sen. Daines wrote to President Donald Trump of the town’s “patriotism, selfless service, and community spirit.”
“The town of Roberts, in Carbon County, is honoring military veterans by lining Highway 212 with crosses and dog tags to represent service members who have lived in Roberts. The crosses signify veterans who have passed away, while the dog tags symbolize living veterans.”
“The breadth of service in this scenic town…is evident in the 133 dog tags on display this year. The depth of service to our great country is rooted in the 308 crosses, some of which date back to service in the Civil War. A total of 441 individuals, with service spanning over a century and a half, is an impressive display of patriotism for any small community,” Daines wrote. “The record of service among the people of Roberts is even more awe-inspiring when you consider that, during the last census, the town had just 361 residents.”
He further wrote, “let us be encouraged by the example of the folks in Roberts and take time to remember the accumulated sacrifices and ongoing commitment that allow so many to live in freedom. To the people of Roberts, thank you for punching above your weight class for our nation.”
Gov. Bullock also praised Roberts, saying he had the “privilege of visiting Roberts in 2015 along with Major General Matthew Quinn as the community unveiled 73 crosses and 44 dog tags along Highway 212. With one of the highest per capita rate of veterans in the country, our service men and women and their families are an integral part of communities all across Montana.”
After the presentation McKinney told the audience the Roberts Activity Committee’s Veteran’s program had turned into a “monumental success.”
Commissioner Bullock said it was a “tribute to our county.”
The Committee thanked the community for its support and help.

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  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Bull 'n'Bear 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch at the  Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at  Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts  followed by Memorial  Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Jim Bridger Post 1543 will hold Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. at the Bridger Cemetery.   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day. The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m.   Services at the Gebo  Cemetery. 9:30 a.m.   March through  Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.  Services at Rockvale  Cemetery 11 a.m.   Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through  Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come.   Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.
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