A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project

Veteranís Oral History Project

Darlene Beck

Broadwater High School


In what has become an annual project in response to community demand, students studied

World War II through reading books, panel discussions, presentations, essays, and talking to veterans. Oral history interviews with area veterans were recorded and placed in the local museum. The research culminated in a Veteranís Recognition program. Students were responsible for the advertising, music, readings, programs, decorations, and refreshments. Over eighty people came to the School-Community Library to recognize the veterans of Broadwater County.

In addition to students singing and playing the piano, reading poetry and essays, they called the veterans up one-by-one and presented them with pins of appreciation. “Through your efforts, you have shifted the focus from veterans celebrating Veteranís Day to Americans remembering our veterans and those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces of our country,”

Gerald Rodacker of the Townsend Rotary told the students. “We in Broadwater County are fortunate that our young people understand the significant resource we have in our veterans. You stand as fine examples to your peers.”

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