This Fourth of July we'd like to honor some of our local military members. As you celebrate Independence Day with your friends and families, remember those who are not home with their families. Place your flag outside as a salute to these local military members and all this nation stands for.

These three young men grew up together in Churchill and are currently serving our country with active duty. They played sports as Manhattan High School Tigers, volunteered in the community, and love to hunt, fish, ski, and snowboard the mountains of Montana.

Petty Officer Submarine Specialist Vance Dowton

USS Henry M. Jackson: Kitsap Naval Base - Silverdale, WA.

Photo courtesy of the Dowton family

MHS, Class of ‘16.

Sailor Dowton recently returned from his third deployment. He credits his Uncle Steve, a graduate of West Point Military Academy, and his Great Grandfather Martin, a WWII veteran, and POW, for inspiration for joining the military. He is the son of Tracy & Angie Dowton.

AIC Nataniel McCormack

Malmstrom Air Force Base - Great Falls, MT.

Photo courtesy of the McCormack family

MHS, Class of ‘18.

Airman McCormack credits his dad Lt Craig McCormack, (retired), US Army, for his example serving his country. He is the son of Craig & Angela McCormack.

Airman Justin Hawkins

Kadena Air Base - Okinawa, Japan.

Photo courtesy of the Hawkins family

MHS, Class of ‘19.

Airman Hawkins is inspired by his dad’s service, Sgt Brent Hawkins (retired), USAF. He is the son of Brent & Candy Hawkins.