Hundreds attend memorial service at Veteran’s Cemetery
EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In Natrona County, Evansville is the home of the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery. They held a service on Memorial Day, to honor Wyoming residents who paid the ultimate price. One of the guests in attendance was U.S. Representative Harriet Hageman. Hageman said, “Our country is built on freedom and liberty. And the folks who sacrificed everything understood that. So it’s an opportunity to thank them, and their families, for their service. And their willingness to be... Just what they’ve done for the United States of America.”
Hundreds were in attendance for the memorial service. After the service, many families could be seen placing flowers on graves and paying their respects. Some parents brought their children along... To perhaps teach them the meaning of the holiday. The guest speaker during the service was Sgt. 1st Class Shane Vincent of the US Army. Vincent became the first, and so far only, soldier from Wyoming to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
“I like to represent my state to the best of my ability. So that was very impactful in the rest of my career as well. Once you are apart of that elite unit, you don’t ever want to let your standards lower. You don’t want to let your fellow tomb guards down. So, Your standard has to remain perfection from then on-out,” Vincent says.
Sgt. Vincent tells us a soldier must go through nine months of training... And pass... To stand guard at the tomb.
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