Mayoral Proclamation, Senator Barrasso, more at the 2021 LVHS Veterans Day Celebration

Senator Barrasso looks on as Lander Mayor Monte Richardson proclaims November 11th, 2021 as Wendell R. 'Dick' Hudson Day. County 10 photo.

(Lander, WY) – Lander Valley High School (LVHS) held the annual Veterans Day Celebration for 2021 on Thursday, November 11th, at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

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The event began with a welcoming address from LVHS Student Body President Ross Anderson, followed by the presentation of Colors by the LVHS Military Science class, and the singing of the National Anthem by the Lander Valley Singers.

LVHS Student Body President Ross Anderson welcomes the crowd. County 10 photo.
LVHS Military Science class Color presentation. County 10 photo.
The Lander Valley Singers perform the National Anthem. County 10 photo.

After the singing of the National Anthem, Ross honored and recognized the Veterans, and presented the first speaker of the event, Junior Ani Kincaid.

Veterans in attendance. County 10 photo
Veterans in attendance. County 10 photo
Junior Ani Kincaid shared moments both personal and historical, thanking the Veterans “from the bottom of her heart.” County 10 photo.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the fieldhouse when it was time for Mayor Monte Richardson’s Proclamation of November 11th, 2021 as Wendell R. ‘Dick’ Hudson Day.

Wendell R. ‘Dick’ Hudson Day Proclamation. h/t City of Lander image.
Mayor Richardson presents Hudson with the official Proclamation. County 10 photo.
Mayor Richardson presents Hudson with the official Proclamation. County 10 photo.

Hudson’s daughters Jennifer Schaff and Candice Hudson told of Wendell’s story, and in true humble Veteran fashion, he wanted to use this time as a spotlight for fellow Lander military member Frank Rossi, whom he met while stationed in Ft. Hood.

Jennifer shared that her father went his whole life without Frank ever mentioning that he had received three Bronze Star Medals, and Wendell wanted this take the opportunity to showcase the sacrifices those have made who are no longer with us.

Jennifer Schaff and Candice Hudson speak and honor their father Wendell. County 10 photo.

Once the Proclamation had been made, Sophmore Sandra St. Clair addressed the crowd, and the 307 Alliance drumming group performed ‘Honor Song.’

Sandra St. Clair shared stories of her family members who served in the military, and also expressed gratitude to all service members. County 10 photo.
307 Alliance drummers/singers. County 10 photo.
307 Alliance performs ‘Honor Song’

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) was also in attendance at the ceremony, and shared Wyoming’s deep history in connection to the U.S. Military.

U.S.SenatorJohnBarrasso(R-Wyo.) addresses the crowd.

County 10 had the chance for a quick chat with Senator Barrasso before the ceremony began, take a listen below.


Senator Barrasso also presented each Veteran in attendance with a Military Challenge Coin in honor of their service.

Senator Barrasso presents local Veterans with Military Challenge Coins. County 10 photo.
Senator Barrasso presents local Veterans with Military Challenge Coins. County 10 photo.
Senator Barrasso presents local Veterans with Military Challenge Coins. County 10 photo.

Once Senator Barrasso was done with his speech, it was time for the Cannon Firing and playing of ‘Taps,’ as well as the retiring of the Colors.

Cannon fire. County 10 photo.
Cannon fire. County 10 photo.
LVHS Seniors Ramsey Eckhardt and Kephas Olsson perform ‘Taps.’
Retiring of the Colors. County 10 photo.

Check out some more photos from the celebration below.

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Thank you for your service Veterans!

View all of County 10’s 2021 Veterans Day coverage here.

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