Missoulian: Jon Tester, others pay tribute to fallen in Missoula Memorial Day ceremonies

On a day to remember veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester paid tribute to those men and women, and also issued a call to make sure the nation honors its deep debt to other veterans as well.

It’s crucial to make sure, he said, “that we live up to the promise we made to these folks” – applause began, spreading throughout Monday afternoon’s gathering at the Memorial Rose Garden – “to make sure they have health care, they have housing, they have educational opportunities and they have jobs when they get back.”

Montana’s junior senator spoke at the penultimate of 10 ceremonies that marked Memorial Day in Missoula, the most of any town in any state in the country, according to organizer Susan Campbell Reneau.