Each June on or around Flag Day (June 14), Big Sky’s American Legion members hold a flag disposal ceremony. This one took place at the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill last year.


A Salute to Big Sky’s American Legion

Along the short drive from Durnam Meadows in the Gallatin Canyon south to Big Sky there are at least 15 white crosses dotting the roadway, often on sharp corners and straightaways with no turnouts. These crosses mark the spot where a traffic fatality occurred—there are now more than 2,000 of them next to Montana highways.

     The American Legion of Montana started placing these crosses around the state in 1953. 

Since then, local Legion chapters take time each spring to maintain them—righting crosses that have been knocked down during the winter, doing paint touchups, and in some cases adding American flags.

     Big Sky’s American Legion Post 99 took part in this annual tradition on Saturday, May 19, refreshing and adding flags to the many crosses along Highways 191 and 64.  

     The Legion also has other events lined up, including an upcoming flag disposal ceremony on or around Flag Day where residents can bring tattered, torn and faded American flags to be properly disposed of. 

     In addition, the veterans group is currently raising funds to support one of their own—longtime Big Sky resident and Legion Adjutant Dick Allgood. Allgood is facing a number of serious health issues, and a GoFundMe site is up and running to bring in donations. Visit www.gofundme.com/helpallgood18 to donate.

     A benefit for Allgood is also in the works. Check the Lookout’s June 14 Big Sky Living calendar for more information.


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