Wyoming Vietnam Veterans “Welcome Home” Reunion Wyoming Coming In June
Wyoming Vietnam Veterans Reunion will take place , June 4-7, in Casper.
"We Were Soldiers Once and Young" co-author and famed war correspondent Joe Galloway will be a keynote speaker.
Galloway, whose book became a movie starring Mel Gibson, will speak at the
summer event, Saturday, June 6, during an evening barbecue, being held at
the Casper Event Center.
Other events scheduled for the reunion are a welcome home ceremony,
veterans- only luncheon, a family and friend's luncheon for spouses,
partners, and family members on June 5. There will be more events on
Saturday, to include a parade of veterans through downtown Casper, a welcome
home barbecue and Joe Galloway book signing and speaking engagement. The
event will end on Sunday with a memorial service in remembrance of the
Wyoming veterans who died in the war.
This event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam
War and is part of the national effort to recognize veterans that served
during the conflict.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 16,800
Vietnam era veterans living in Wyoming and the reunion planning group is
planning for a large attendance.
Anyone interested in attending is urged to register on the Veterans
Commission's Vietnam veteran reunion website, http://wvvr.wyo.gov, or call
307-777-8152 for an information packet. This will help the commission ensure
enough food and complimentary souvenirs for attendees.
All meals will be complimentary for attendees and the reunion is free to
attend, but lodging and transportation to Casper is not covered. A list of
hotels for veterans interested in attending can be found on the reunion
Also, the commission and the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum are still
seeking veterans willing to share their story in a state-wide historical
documentation project. Those interested can contact John Goss, director of
museums at 307-472-1857.
For more information about the reunion, visit the official website or the
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WVVReunion, or call the Wyoming Veterans
Commission or the local reunion coordinator Jim Anderson (307-267-5775),
Gary Cohee (307-237-7864), or Rod Waddell (307-473-8170). Sponsors are also
sought by the WVC and can contact that office for further information.