CHEYENNE - Because Cheyenne is a military town we tend to celebrate our Americanism on a regular basis. But patriotism really comes to the forefront around here in early summer and continues through Frontier Days.
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce starts the party with their designation of ‘Military May’ for that month each year. Awards are given from the business community to winning military units at that month’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The Military Affairs and Wyoming Business Advocates committees provide a free barbeque celebration to military members in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, and our local Veteran’s groups recognize Memorial Day with many ceremonies.
June features Flag Day, and there are numerous change of command ceremonies at F E Warren AFB and within the Wyoming Air and National Guard over the summer.
The celebration of our country’s independence on July 4th tops off this period of expression of American patriotism. Make sure you take time to celebrate the wonderful experiment this great nation has proven to be.
Independence Day gives us all the opportunity to teach our children and grandchildren about our country’s trials and triumphs. It is a time to pass on our appreciation for those who laid the groundwork, and those who continue to build upon that foundation. Most of all, it is a time to celebrate us, all of us, who make up this wonderful, churning melting pot called America.
There is more to come, though, as the pride of America is weaved in and out of our annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration. Our flag, military, and veterans are venerated throughout the 10 days of festivities. As they should.
If you have the chance to visit with crew members from the US Navy’s Wyoming or Cheyenne submarines, Air Force Thunderbirds, or talk with any of the many visiting military members who attend CFD, you will find they are awestruck with the wonderful, positive reception and recognition they receive while in Cheyenne.
They will tell you that they do not receive these same kind of accolades and support when they visit other areas of the country. But really, if you get in a conversation with military members who have transferred to Cheyenne from elsewhere, they will often tell you the same thing. That makes me proud to live here!
Some may say that by summer’s end they are starting to get a little burned out on all the patriotism. But I believe the more we can celebrate our American heritage together, the more likely we are to bridge the political divide we seem to have erected between us.