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Governor to Mark Wyoming’s 4th Veterans Welcome Home Day

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Governor Mead welcoming home Wyoming veterans. 

3/19/2014

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

March 19, 2014

******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Renny MacKay
Communications Director
renny.mackay@wyo.gov

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On Friday, March 28, Governor Matt Mead will travel the state to several events thanking veterans for their service and welcoming home veterans who did not receive a proper reception after serving. As in past years, Governor Mead is joining with the Wyoming Veterans Commission to commemorate “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day.” The day of welcoming was added to state law in 2011 during the 61st legislative session.

All Wyoming veterans, especially those from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and other veterans who were not properly recognized upon their return home, are invited to attend. Military personnel, surviving spouses of veterans and family members are also invited.

“I look forward to greeting each veteran, welcoming each veteran, and passing along the thanks of a grateful state. Wyoming cares deeply for its veterans and this is a way to show we care,” Governor Mead said. “It saddens the heart to know that men and women who served did not come home to handshakes and a supportive nation. It is a small gesture, but a necessary one, to pause and honor these veterans – to warmly welcome them home.”
  • Ceremonies in Torrington will begin at 8:30 am at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium, 3200 West C Street. 
  • Ceremonies in Buffalo will begin at 11:00 am at the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming, 700 Veterans Lane.
  • Ceremonies in Jackson will begin at 3:00 pm in the auditorium of the Jackson High School, 1910 High School Road.
This year’s ceremonies will feature remarks by Governor Matt Mead, Major General Luke Reiner, the Adjutant General of Wyoming, and Veterans Commission Chairman Al Ellefson of Hulett and Vice Chair Lee Alley, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient of the Vietnam War. Local officials and veterans from the community will also be speaking. Receiving lines will be formed so Wyoming residents can join the effort to thank our veterans. In the past, “Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day” events have taken place in Casper, Cheyenne, Wheatland, Gillette, Worland, Laramie, Sheridan, Riverton, Afton, Rock Springs and Cody.

“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 Al Ellefson, Chairman of the Wyoming Veterans Commission.

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

For more information, contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at (307) 777-8151.

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