CHEYENNE – State Sen. Stephan Pappas, R-Cheyenne, invites the public to participate in a special dedication ceremony Tuesday in honor of Wyoming’s 17 Medal of Honor recipients.
On Feb. 26, Gov. Mark Gordon signed Senate Enrolled Joint Resolution 3 designating the 520 miles of U.S. Highway 20 traversing through Wyoming as the Medal of Honor Highway. Wyoming became the second state to do so following Oregon. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be erecting 14 signs along the route of U.S. Highway 20 over the next few months.
The dedication of the first sign will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the rest area on U.S. Highway 20 at Orin Junction, just off of Exit 126 on Interstate 25 between Glendo and Douglas. Service members, veterans, military families and the general public are encouraged to attend the dedication in honor of every recipient of our nation’s highest military award.
The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest award for valor presented to active members or veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States for acting with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of one’s life during combat with an enemy of the United States. Wyoming has been home to 17 Medal of Honor recipients from the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps who served in five wars over a period of 107 years.
The following Medal of Honor recipients have a Wyoming connection: William Doolen, Thomas Harding, Allen Thompson and Francis Warren, Civil War; Charles Bessey, William Bryan, Thomas Forsyth, William Lewis, John McLennon, John Merrill and Patrick Rogan, Indian War Campaigns; Edward Baker Jr. and Charles Roberts, Spanish American War; Vernon Baker, Charles Carey Jr. and Donald Ruhl, World War II; William Adams, Vietnam War.