Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Ronald Regan once said about our military, "...they are the product of the freest society man has ever known. they make a commitment to the military, make it freely because the birthright we share as Americans is worth defending."
Brigadier General Steven Mount repeated those words today at a ceremony for Armed Forces Day. On August 31, 1949 Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson created Armed Forces Day and 65 years later we will celebrate that day on May 17th, but today's event included a proclamation from Governor Mead which proclaimed today to be Armed Forces Day across the state.
Governor Mead spoke highly of our former and current military saying, "...we want to recognize those young men and those young women who are stepping up and saying, yes, I want to serve."
But today wasn't just about active military, but also our veterans. There were many on hand today including the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association as well as Gus Fleischli, a World War II veteran.
"I was in the 8th Air Force, I flew 32 missions over Germany in a B-17, I was a waist gunner in a B-17... it's just rewarding, you know they're proud of the fact that they served, they have a twinkle in their eye when they talk about it, and it's really a thing to be really very proud of."
May is the Month of the Military and there will be several more events later this month including a Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee lunch on the 30th and an Armed Forces Celebration at the Depot Plaza on the 31st.