Veterans Spend Day at Legislature

By: Carlie McGuire Email
By: Carlie McGuire Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Halfway through the legislative session, local veterans flooded the Capitol on Thursday. Veterans visit the legislature annually during their session. They started the morning meeting with members of the House and Senate. Then they were recognized from the floor of both houses. Active service members, veterans, and their families were present for the morning ceremony.

Later in the day, the Wyoming Veterans Commission presented their Wyoming Fallen Warriors Memorial Kiosk, a project years in the making. It honors more than 70 men and women who have lost their lives since September 2001.

After that, Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The visit comes the same week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his intentions to shrink the size of the U.S. Military. Foy Jolley Jr. is a Vietnam War Veteran and he says we can't properly defend the country with a reduced force.

Major General Luke Reiner says Hagel will see push back from this decision, and declined to speculate on what a reduced military could mean for Cheyenne. "It's absolutely too early to say what these cuts could mean for the state of Wyoming."

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