A Tree for Veterans

A group of equestrian-inclined members of the Flathead Valley saddled up to deliver a Christmas tree and gifts to residents of the Montana Veterans Home on Dec. 13, 2023. Veteran’s home volunteer Julie Bosa Platt spurred the spontaneous gesture with a call to friend John Manuel about doing something thoughtful for the residents. “I wanted to do something special and bring the Christmas spirit to them,” Platt said. Manuel and friends of friends answered the call with a striking Clydesdale to haul in a handsome tree on a festive wagon. Upon arrival of the tree and its accompanying horsemen and women, veterans wheeled and walked out of the home to help decorate the conifer, visit with the steeds, and receive a few holiday cigars and small bottles of whiskey.

Hunter D'Antuono

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