July 4th 2016

Our 6th Annual Freedom Run welcomed 398 participants. Families and friends gathered at Brookside Yard in Bigfork at 8 a.m. for the start of the run/walk. They then headed out along the beautiful and scenic Swan River Nature Trail. We used Competitive Timing for our start and the finish line. At the finish line everyone enjoyed original Brookies Cookies and medals!

July 5th, 2015

Many thanks to the 454 participants of the Annual Freedom Run 2015. Thank you all for joining us on the 4th of July to celebrate, honor and give thanks to our military heroes and their families! See the pictures on our Facebook page.

February 19th, 2015


Our 5th Annual Freedom Run is coming up on July 4th 2015! Register your interest using the Registration Page or QR Code below! This is a great event for all ages to gather, honor and celebrate our military soldiers and their families – participate in a 5K Run/Walk to kick start your Independence Day festivities! Medals and Brookies Cookies after the run/stroll along the Swan River Nature Trail!

Date: Saturday 4th July 2015
Location: Bigfork, MT
Cost: $20/per person
Check in: 8 a.m.
Race Start: 9 a.m.

Our Race Sponsors: Brookies Cookies, Echo Lake Cafe, Fun Beverage, Harvest Foods of Bigfork, Mann Mortgage, Marina Cay, Bigfork Drug, Exact Image, The Big 100 Radio, Conrad’s Lions Club, Gustafson Law Office, Morren’s Farmers Insurance, Thrivent Financial


November 11th, 2014

Grateful Nation Montana is partnering with national high-end apparel maker Spyder and outdoor retailers Bob Ward and Sons in Missoula and Scheels All Sports in Great Falls to offer a limited release of tactical sweater jacket, with 100 percent of the profits going to support the organization’s mission.

November 7th, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day, NBC Montana takes a look at how one letter from a fallen Montana soldier impacted more than his family. We would like to thank Grateful Nation Montana for making making us aware of the letter and providing it.

July 9th, 2014

310 Freedom Run participants! A beautiful 4th of July morning at Brookies Cookies and Swan River Nature Trail to remember our military families and the sacrifice they make for our Freedom! Please send us your Freedom Run pictures to post on our facebook page and website. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with the 2014 Freedom Run!

April 11th, 2014


Our 4th Annual Freedom Run is coming up! Register your interest using the Registration Page below!


July 8th, 2013

We had a fantastic turnout for Grateful Nation Montana’s 3rd Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk! 405 participants took part to help support Grateful Nation Montana! Thank you and see you next year!

July 7th, 2013

July 4th, 2013

April 9th, 2013

April 8th, 2013

April 2nd, 2013

  • The bill giving the monument official status as a state memorial drew bipartisan support among legislators. It passed both the House and Senate without a dissenting vote. Read more at The Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, and also at The Republic.

February 7th, 2013

The Grateful Nation Montana Fun Run 2013 will take place on July 4th, 2013. Meet and Greet at Brookies Cookies and head out along the scenic Swan River trail and back to Brookies Cookies for the finish line!


Register your interest on the Facebook Event Page or at the event page.


November 12th, 2012

  • Grateful Nation Montana hats raise scholarship money for fallen soldiers’ children. Read more at The Missoulian.

November 10th, 2012

  • VETERANS DAY 2012: Vietnam veteran returns to UM campus to heal, remember. Read more at The Missoulan.

June 6th, 2012

Grateful Nation Montana’s 2nd Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk
Please come out to support and give thanks to all of our Montana Military families before the town parade!

Check in at 7:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Brookies Cookies Bakery in Downtown Bigfork.

T-shirts guaranteed for the first 75 registrants!

Our course starts at Brookies Cookies in downtown Bigfork, runs along the beautiful Swan River, ending back at Brookies Cookies for a celebration and awards.

May 15th, 2012


November 14th, 2011

November 11th, 2011

November 7th, 2011

November 5th, 2011

Fallen Soldier Memorial Unveiling

A crowd of more than 800 veterans and military supporters travelled to Missoula from around Montana and the country to stand by the families of the 41 Montana soldiers who died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and to participate in this moving ceremony. Among other featured speakers, U.S. Senator Max Baucus offered an emotional tribute to the sacrifice of his nephew, Marine Corporal Phillip Baucus, who died in 2006, as well as to the other 40 Montana soldiers being honoured by the Memorial.

On November 5th, the families of Montana’s fallen soldiers attended the UM Griz game, where Griz fans and UM’s military alumni watched the largest American flag the world unfurled across the entire UM Stadium football field, followed by a flyover of F-15’s from Malmstrom Air Force base in Great Falls.

November 5th, 2011

November 4th, 2011

31st October, 2011

25th October, 2011

23rd October, 2011

Sept 20th, 2011
GNM Memorial Sketch

Unveiling November 4th in Missoula!

GNM is unveiling our Fallen Soldier Memorial on UM’s main campus late afternoon November 4th.  The five larger-than-life bronze statues will be a source of hope, patriotism and pride for generations to come.

The name, branch, rank, dates lived and home town of our Montana soldiers who have given their lives for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan will be featured in recessed granite markers surrounding the Memorial. The list of soldiers can be found here.

To view additional pictures of the Memorial statues under construction by Lincoln, MT native Rick Rowley, visit the GNM Facebook page.

There are numerous other veteran/military-related activities surrounding this event as well as the UM Griz Military Appreciation football game on Saturady. It will be the largest weekend-long tribute to our military in Montana history.

Everyone is welcome, so please come to pay tribute to our military and the sacrifice of our soldiers.

July 6th, 2011

Freedom 5K draws larger-than-expected crowd for inaugural race

Approximately 300 runners lined up for Bigfork’s first Freedom 5K organized by Grateful Nation Montana.

Register for the Bigfork Freedom 5K Run/Walk

April 17th, 2011
GNM is proud to partner with My Vet Book for the Freedom Run in Billings, MT on Memorial Day

January 4th, 2011
Grateful Nation featured on NBC Montana


Grateful Nation featured on Montana Public Radio (starts at 9:36)
December 22nd, 2010

Group aims to thank to Montana’s fallen soldiers with memorial, scholarships (PDF)
Great Falls Tribune – November 26th, 2010

College: Executive Helps Fallen Soldiers Kids – November 26th, 2010

Montana soldiers’ kids sent to school
Billings Gazette – April 27th, 2009

Fund will help children of fallen heroes pay for school
Great Falls Tribune – April 20th, 2009

Grateful Nation featured on Fox & Friends
Grateful Nation on Fox

April 20th, 2009

Grateful Nation helps send fallen soldiers’ children to college
Missoulian Paper – April 10th, 2009

Program gives back to soldiers’ families
Montana Kaimin – April 10th, 2009

Grateful Nation featured on NBC Nightly News
Grateful Nation on MSNBC

March 31st, 2009

Grateful Nation featured on Montana Public Radio
March 27th, 2009

Grateful Nation now has a Facebook Group
March 20, 2009

Cindy McCain Joins Board of Directors of Grateful Nation Montana, Inc.
Reuters – April 22, 2008

Program to aid slain soldiers’ children
Missoulian Paper – March 11, 2008

Scholarship helps family members when soldiers die in war
by Associated Press – Jul 5, 2007, 22:16

Fallen service members’ survivors left to bear hidden costs of war
by Mike Barber, – March 19, 2007

Montana’s Fallen

A list of the U.S. Service Members from Montana who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom can be found here.