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Ceremony for Little Bighorn veteran in Lead

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A few days ago, Medal of Honor Winner Peter Thompson's grave site looked like any other in the West Lead Cemetery. But historical cemetery preservationists changed that Saturday.

"He was kinda my hero throughout the years," said Walter Quillian, Thompson's great grandson.

Thompson, a hero to his great grandson and many others, without the recognition he deserves. "Medal of Honor winners deserve that light and flag and after all these years he sat here without one," said Vernon Davis, a history and historical cemetery preservationist.

Thompson fought at the Battle of Little Bighorn and after being shot twice, he brought water to other wounded men. "It was very hot and they would have died without him," said Davis.

Such courage won Thompson a Medal of Honor,which normally means that on his death, he would be buried with other Medal of Honor winners in Arlington National Cemetery. But upon his request, Thompson was buried in the West Lead Cemetery without any recognition for his medal. Until now.

With a flag raise, singing of the national anthem, and a 21 gun salute, Thomspon received his honor nearly 85 years later. A sign that people remember American heroes from all ages.

"Americans are great people and we don't forget our past." said Quillian.

And for his great grandson, it's a day he'll never forget. "It's fantastic that the young men are willing to lay down their lives for this nation," said Quillian.

 

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