Veterans in Bannock County gathered to observe Veterans Day and got a bit of a surprise.
At the Bannock County Veterans Building in Pocatello, the day started off with a flag raising at 11:11 a.m. Then, the program moved inside with special guest speaker Retired Sergeant Major Gary Truscott.
Miss Idaho Ayriss Torres helped with the $5,000 donation to Idaho State University for the James E. Johnson Medal of Honor Scholarship Fund. And in a surprise to those in attendance, Steel West Incorporated in Pocatello donated $15,000 for a new flag pole, which really helps with financial relief for the building.
"Because we get out funding from the county,” explains Miguel Dominic with the Veterans Building, “also our building fund and so having that from Steel West that is a huge relief off our back of us having to provide that money."
Also at the Veterans Memorial Building Thursday morning, the ribbon was cut by the Pocatello Chiefs on the new military museum. The museum features a collection of artifacts from different eras of conflicts from all branches of the military. Items include helmets, canteens, photos, plaques, and information on the state's namesake, the U.S.S. Idaho. Most all of the items were donated by local service members.
"People have donated stuff to the building,” says Dominic, “and for a while it just sat with stuff in the back and it wasn't put out. So we created this here, me and Teresa, and Denise and this is so that the citizens of Bannock County and the veterans could see the history of the building and appreciate some of the stuff that the people before us, the veterans before us donated to the building.”