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Wednesday the Butte-Silver Bow Veterans of Foreign Wars honored many of Butte's oldest war heroes.

As the bugle horn played, many of Butte's oldest veterans were honored with pins and plaques, while they remember their lives in the service.

"It's just like it was yesterday,” said Ruby Giecek, an Air Force vet who served in the late 1950's. “I can see all my Air Force buddies, and everything. It's amazing."

The Butte-Silver Bow Veterans for Foreign Wars paid homage to the veterans with a ceremony.

Dozens of Butte's vets, many from World War II, were in attendance and received an award for representing their country.

"We're losing World War II veterans at a thousand a day,” said Dave Farris with the VFW. “Our nation should show appreciation for what they've done. It's an honor for us to give these awards to the older gentleman and ladies."

The ceremony was held at the Butte Care and Rehab Center, where many of the veterans live as residents.

"Butte Care and Rehab is the only skilled nursing facility that currently contacts with the VA in taking care of veterans in their later years," said Tamy Farabee.

This was the first time the vets at the center have been honored, and it's something they will never forget.

"I could see the pleasure in their eyes,” said Giecek. “They really enjoyed it."

The Butte Care and Rehab Center says they plan on holding a similar ceremony every year for their veterans.

The Butte-Silver Bow Veterans of Foreign Wars say they plan to participate in the future.

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