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Ceremonies planned April 1 for Veterans Welcome Home Day

Mar 25, 2013 - Staff

Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Veterans Commission will celebrate Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day on Monday, April 1. The day of welcoming was codified in state law in 2011.

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

"Honoring those who have served is critical," Mead said.

"It shows our pride in America and shows those who are serving now or will serve that we are indebted to them for their sacrifice.

For those who served and did not come home to a handshake and a supportive nation it is long past due that we pause, honor you and welcome you home."

Ceremonies in Riverton will begin at 11 a.m. at the REACH Foundation Club House, 622 N. Eighth St. W., hosted by the Veterans of Fremont County.

The ceremonies will feature remarks by Mead, Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the adjutant general of Wyoming, veterans commission chairman Pete Quinnell of Gillette and vice chairman Lee Alley, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient of the Vietnam War.

Officials and veterans from the community will also speak. Receiving lines will be formed so Wyoming residents can join the effort to thank our veterans.

"Wyoming veterans who served and sacrificed will be thanked for their efforts and welcomed home," Quinnell said.

"It is never too late to say 'thank you.'"

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

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