Wyoming veterans honored at special Veterans Day ceremony at Francis E. Self American Legion Post 6

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 7:39 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Veterans Day is celebrated each 11th day of November, and presents an opportunity to thank those that make the choice to serve our nation above anything else.

“The reason that we enjoy every single one of the blessings that we do is because brave men and women have stepped forward and put on the uniform of our nation,” said Representative Liz Cheney.

Post 6 held a ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday in observance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 -- the end of World War I. A year later in 1919, Veterans Day - then Armistice Day - went into effect.

The ceremony recognized the federal holiday, but also brought it closer to home by acknowledging and celebrating our local veterans, and the price they have paid.

“Veterans are still struggling with issues of mental health and concerns about where to get the kind of help that they need,” said Wyoming Governor, Mark Gordon. “So having this kind of gathering where we can celebrate their service and where we can remember how important their service was, as well as have the community , that is just essential.”

Veterans and supporters from across the state stood in solidarity while wreaths were presented and state leaders delivered messages to the Cheyenne community.

The Capital City has a large military presence, from veterans to active service members at F.E Warren AFB, and many say they are grateful to be a part of a community that cares for them.

“To the Cheyenne community: Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so great to our veterans. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” said William “Bill” Barnes, District Commander, Post 6 Commander.

And to remember that freedom is never really free.

“We have so many other people who have served, who have come back and they are now part of our community and celebrating their legacy of service and their contribution to our nation’s freedom is incredibly important and I am so proud to be a part of this,” and Col. Catherine Barrington, Commander of 90th Missile Wing.

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