Cheyenne National Cemetery hosts first Memorial Day Ceremony

Published: May. 28, 2021 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 8:41 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cheyenne National Cemetery held its first Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday morning.

Leaders from the National Cemetery, Cheyenne VA, Disabled American Veterans and the Wyoming Army National Guard gathered to honor the men and women of the nation’s military who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

After a few speeches from leaders, a rifle salute and the playing of taps, the ceremonial wreath was placed at the base of the American Flag in the cemetery.

“Today we honor those who have fought and died for our country. Today is a day to remember those and not forget them ever,” said Cemetery Manager, Greg Smith.

Smith said he appreciated the military organizations that answered the call for the ceremony.

“When I asked people to come out and be a part of this ceremony, everyone told me yes with no problem. From the VA Chaplain, to the public affairs, to the military and Floyd from DAV, they all jumped at the chance to come out here and be a part of something special.”

Due to the pandemic, it was a closed ceremony, but Smith can’t thank the Cheyenne community enough for all its support of the National Cemetery.

“I just want to thank the community of Cheyenne for being so awesome. They’ve embraced this cemetery like its their own and we at the National Cemetery really appreciate them for supporting us so much.”

For more information on the Cheyenne National Cemetery, you can head to its website here.

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