KALISPELL, Mont. — Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember Americans who died in active duty in the military, but one group in the Flathead does that year-round.
Residents of the Lighthouse Christian Home participate in the Shining Honor Project, which gives jobs to developmentally challenged adults. Their job is to keep veterans’ gravesites clean and tidy at Glacier Memorial Gardens and Whitefish City Cemetery.
“It’s a great way to get Memorial Day headstones ready for this important day,” U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) said. “It’s a day of remembrance, and to have these Montanans who have developmental challenge finding meaningful work to serve our country, it’s a very special thing.” ‘
Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) stopped by Glacier Memorial Gardens to recognize the Lighthouse Christian Home residents and thank them for their work with the Shining Honor project.
“I was just thrilled with the turnout here at (Glacier Memorial Gardens) in Kalispell to honor our veterans and honor these individuals that are working so hard to be self-sufficient and do purposeful, meaningful work,” Gianforte said.