CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Wyoming Equality will host a Pride in America event from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Cheyenne VA’s Circle of Flags, located at 2360 E. Pershing Blvd.

The public is invited to participate in the event, during which participants will work with horticulturalists and Cheyenne Master Gardeners to beautify the facility rose garden that encompass the Circle of Flags.

“This is about building bridges and letting our veterans know that they are not alone,” VA Medical Center Director Paul Roberts said in a news release. “Regardless of a person’s religious belief, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status, the Cheyenne VA will always be there to take care of our veterans.”

Roberts said he was honored to partner with Wyoming Equality on this initiative. “This is really about preventing veteran suicide,” Roberts said. “Way too many veterans are taking their own life, and we all need to come together to reduce veteran suicide.”

According to Wyoming Equality Executive Director Sara Burlingame, “Our vision is a Wyoming where the dignity and humanity of all LGBT Wyomingites are celebrated and protected in the communities we call home. Too often, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit veterans are left behind, and their service goes uncelebrated. Wyoming Equality is proud to partner with the VA in their commitment to serve all who served.”

Participants who wish to participate should bring gardening gloves and pruning shears. Light refreshments will be provided.

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