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Gianforte Announces Spirit of Montana Recipient: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 in Judith Gap

June 15, 2018
Press Release

To mark Flag Day 2018, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte recognized American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 in Judith Gap for its Flags on Main Street program. Flags on Main Street is a grassroots, community-driven project that encourages and coordinates the flying of the American flag throughout Judith Gap on patriotic holidays.

Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana is a weekly recognition of Montanans for their accomplishments, dedication, or service. Gianforte highlights the recipient in the U.S. House of Representatives and personally contacts the honoree.

Gianforte encourages anyone to nominate Montanans for the Spirit of Montana award by contacting his office at 202-225-3211 or by e-mail at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.

Gianforte’s statement in the Congressional Record about American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 in Judith Gap is available HERE and follows:

RECOGNIZING AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 70 IN JUDITH GAP

Mr. Speaker, I rise today, on Flag Day, to recognize American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 in Judith Gap for its patriotism and successful efforts to honor our nation and flag.

In 2014, the auxiliary unit teamed up with American Legion Post 70 to begin Flags on Main Street. Flags on Main Street is a grassroots, community-driven project. The initial goal of the program was to mark patriotic holidays with the American flag flying on every business, home, and building on the main street passing through Judith Gap. The ALA unit purchased flag holders and flags, and members went door-to-door to bring the program to life.

Businesses and residents along the main street welcomed the unit’s patriotic spirit, and the people of Judith Gap began placing flag holders on prominent locations beyond the main corridor so that our flag could fly throughout the town on patriotic holidays. American Legion Post 70 coupled Flags on Main Street with their local flag education program. Flags on Main Street continues to enjoy widespread, enthusiastic support in Judith Gap.

The flag of the United States of America is a symbol of freedom. Its stars and stripes represent our founding, our republic, and our unity. As Ronald Reagan said, “The colors of our flag signify the qualities of the human spirit we Americans cherish. Red for courage and readiness to sacrifice; white for pure intentions and high ideals; and blue for vigilance and justice.”

It is my honor to recognize American Legion Auxiliary Unit 70 in Judith Gap for its patriotism, dedication to its community, and its spirit of Montana.