Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day celebrations

Mar 20, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Veterans Commission are pleased to announce celebrations for the Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day, April 3.

The day of welcoming, March 30 of each year, was codified in state law during the 61st Legislative session and represents the date U.S. combat troops would have set foot on Wyoming soil after returning home from the Vietnam War in 1973.

All Wyoming veterans, especially those from the Korean War and Vietnam War who were not properly thanked upon their return home, are invited to attend and receive their welcome home and thanks from a grateful state.

Military, surviving spouses of veterans, and family members are also welcome to attend.

Ceremony times and locations are:

8 a.m. Kemmerer – South Lincoln Training and Event Center, 215 Highway 233.

11 a.m. Thermopolis – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2281, 302 E. Broadway.

2 p.m. Douglas – American Legion Post # 8, corner of Oak and 6th St.

The ceremonies will feature remarks by Gov. Matt Mead, Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, and the Wyoming Veterans Commission Vice Chairman Lee Alley, who’s a Distinguished Service Cross recipient of the Vietnam War. Veterans and local officials will also be speaking.

“Wyoming veterans who served and sacrificed will be thanked for their efforts and welcomed home. It is never too late to say ‘thank you,’” said Linda Allgeier, chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission.

Wyoming communities are encouraged to host their own celebrations to honor Wyoming veterans who may not have been thanked for their service or welcomed home.

For more information, contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 307-777-8152.

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