Navy Veteran Lee Holden takes a moment to reflect at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Cut Bank.

Veteran’s Day is Thursday Nov. 11. It is a day set aside every year to honor those who have served our country. Frankly, we should honor them every day of every year, considering all they have done for us and the country in which we live, work and play.

Cut Bank’s Lee Holden has been a veteran for almost 70 years. He enlisted in the Navy several weeks after he graduated from high school in Lake City, Minn.

“Two buddies and I joined together in June of 1951. We didn’t want to go into the Army, so we joined the Navy instead,” he said.

After he enlisted, he was sent to boot camp in Illinois and then following time there, was sent to serve on a destroyer harbored in Newport, Rhode Island.

“I was a gunner’s mate on the U.S.S. Power DD-839, where I shot cannons from that destroyer,” he explained.

The U.S.S. Power was sent a number of places around the globe. Holden recalled, “Join the Navy, see the world and I did. We went to Scotland, Norway, Gibraltar in the Mediterranean, a number of places in South America and then we returned to Rhode Island by way of the Panama Canal.”

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