(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.
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.
After the singing of the National Anthem, Ross honored and recognized the Veterans, and presented the first speaker of the event, Junior Ani Kincaid.
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.
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.
Once the Proclamation had been made, Sophmore Sandra St. Clair addressed the crowd, and the 307 Alliance drumming group performed ‘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.
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.
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.
Check out some more photos from the celebration below.
Thank you for your service Veterans!
View all of County 10’s 2021 Veterans Day coverage here.