They’re all around us…and be thankful for it!

That is what should make us grateful for where, and how we live. Thank goodness most of that ugly stuff happens in other, far away places. Despite some recent rabble rousing between some of our Wyoming state politicians, we are fortunate to live in a community and state whose people generally respect each other, and demonstrate that respect each day.

Part of the reason we are able to make reasoned decisions for our community, is the make-up of the people here. Walking among us each day are citizens who have learned respect for authority and each other. These citizens have learned about the importance of work ethic, individual and team responsibilty, and leadership.

We are blessed to have so many people who have served in the military making their homes in Cheyenne and Wyoming. Look around and you will find them getting things done for our community as leaders in businesses. Many of them now running their own businesses as a second career. You will find them as the people who help get things done in service clubs. They are faith leaders, political leaders, keeping us safe in law enforcement, and providing the manpower to complete all kinds of public and private projects.

We are blessed that these veterans, and active duty members, add diversity to our population. They come from all over the place and bring with them an assortment of backgrounds and experiences. They provide us with a broad range of religious and political beliefs, and expose us to different cultures. They make us a wholely better citizenry, and we should all be thankful for that.

 Cheyenne is no utopia, but in our way we are the small melting pot that some places in our great country have moved away from. We have avoided much of the emotional tribalism, identity politics, and isolation that seem to have infected some areas of the country.

Those of us who have grown up here, and lived most of our lives here, on occasion can be overheard complaining about ‘outsiders’ bringing their crazy ideas with them when they come here. But our military friends, who may have differing ideas, also exemplify how to work together for the better.

Without our military history and the work of those who have come and stayed, Cheyenne would be a very different place.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, it is time to be mindful of the positive impact made on Cheyenne by those who wear, and have worn, service uniforms.

The City of Cheyenne has grown up with the military. Cheyenne is a military town. Those who serve will tell you they are treated better here than anywhere else. We are proud of our heritage and are thankful every day for their service and for the contributions they make to our town.