Wyoming Community Honors Armed Service Members at Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | News & Announcements

Community members are invited to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country as the City of Wyoming holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29. Mayor Kent Vanderwood will host the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Garden, 2380 DeHoop Ave. SW. The hour-long ceremony will feature:

  • Guest speaker Dustin Curtis, who served for eight years with the U.S. Marine Corps with deployments to Djibouti, Africa and Afghanistan. Since retiring from service, Curtis has focused his energy with the Volunteers of America as a Certified Peer Support Specialist working with veterans who are at risk of suicide.
  • The Godfrey-Lee High School Band, under the direction of Kevin Gabrielse, will perform select numbers during the ceremony including a performance of “Taps.”
  • The Wyoming Police Department Honor Guard will fire a rifle volley salute to the service men and women who have died.

“The City of Wyoming is honored and humbled to recognize the people who have served in our armed forces,” said Krashawn Martin, director of Wyoming Parks and Recreation. “This Memorial Day, the City again gathers with our fellow citizens to pause and reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. We invite all to come and join us for this special tribute at the Veterans Memorial Garden.”

Those who attend are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or folding chair. Parking is available at the Wyoming Senior Center and Pinery Park. The City will have handicapped accessible parking located in front of the Wyoming Department of Public Safety, as well as some additional spaces.

Attendees are invited to view the “Walk of Honor,” a beautiful walkway that serves as a reminder of those individuals who have given of themselves and answered the call of duty.  Along this walkway are monuments dedicated to each war that our country has faced, starting with the Revolutionary War. Bricks engraved with veterans’ names from each era surround these monuments. It is hoped that this installation will not only serve as a place to honor veterans, but that it will also be an educational walkway for the greater community.

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