Anyone who has served in the United States Armed Forces is likely familiar with Stars and Stripes, a daily news publication that reports on matters concerning members of our military.
On Tuesday afternoon, Billings became part of Stars and Stripes' storied history, when it was named a Stars and Stripes City by Jim Martin, past president of the Stars and Stripes Museum
“We're recognizing cities and communities around the nation who are actively and energetically engaged in encouraging and promoting a true embrace of informed citizenship, commitment, and service on the part of organizations, institutions, schools, businesses, and individuals in their communities,” Martin said in a letter explaining why Billings was selected.
Martin is on a 4,400-mile, 23-day journey through the western United States, recognizing communities that depict those values.
“This award is not my award. It’s not even the City of Billings with a capital C or capital B, instead, it’s an award for every veteran, first responder, teacher, public affairs official, religious leader, and citizen of Billings, especially those everyday citizens who shovel their elderly next door neighbor’s sidewalk in the winter, pick up garbage in the alley when no one sees them, or cleans up after that school picnic when everyone else has gone home,” said Billings Mayor Bill Cole
on Tuesday afternoon during a presentation at Billings City Hall.
Martin presented Mayor Cole with a proclamation, declaring Billings a Stars and Stripes City.
In return, Mayor Cole gave Martin a USS Billings challenge coin and a USS Billings hat.
The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library is located in Bloomfield, MO.
The very first Stars and Stripes newspaper is displayed in the museum, printed on Nov. 9, 1861.