Several Veterans Day events are scheduled for Monday in the Helena area.
American Legion Post No. 2, Lewis and Clark Post, will be serving its 100th anniversary Veterans Day breakfast at the Post Home, 3095 Villard in Helena, Monday, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in East Helena, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10010 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Parade from the Post Home on Main Street to John F. Kennedy Park. Upon the completion of the ceremonies at the Park, the VFW Auxiliary will host a luncheon at the Post.
The Lewis and Clark County Veterans Memorial Foundation is conducting its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Lewis & Clark County Veterans Memorial located in Helena's Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Monday. All Gold Star Families, current military, area veterans, their families and the citizens of Helena and Lewis and Clark County are invited to attend. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at American Legion Post No. 2, 3095 Villard Avenue.
This solemn ceremony is to recognize veterans who are serving or have served, and those who have paid the ultimate price through military service.
The state of Montana, the Montana National Guard, Montana Military Museum, Orofino Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and American Legion Post No. 2 -- all Vietnam Veterans Commemoration partners -- are encouraging Vietnam veterans to participate in this ceremony.
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The Veterans Day guest speaker is Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ken Inabnit, who retired after almost 40 years serving with the United States Army and the Montana Army National Guard. He currently serves on military and civic community organizations.
Inabnit has been the CASA (Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army) for the state of Montana for the past eight-plus years. He and wife Kristine have been married 44 years. They share two sons, Kyle and Kevin, along with three granddaughters and a grandson.
Inabnit earned his bachelor's degree in Earth science from Montana State University. He graduated from the Army’s Rotary Wing Flight School, Instructor Pilot, Instrument Flight Examiner, Multiengine Fixed Wing and Safety courses.
Inabnit served almost 40 years in the active Army and the Montana Army National Guard, culminating his career as the Commander of DET 41, a C-12 Flight Detachment. He accumulated 10,000 accident free flying hours of which 1,100 were combat hours. He saw action in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as a military technician for the Montana Army National Guard for 24 years. During this time he was a helicopter instructor pilot, instrument flight examiner, aviation safety officer and commander of DET 41.
The Lewis & Clark County Veterans Memorial Foundation is celebrating its 13th full year of management of the Lewis and Clark County Memorial on this the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day (Armistice Day).
Lewis & Clark American Legion Post 2 will place American Flags throughout Downtown Helena and at the Capitol as a continuation of a 33-year tradition Monday.