Service groups plan Veterans Day activities

Cali O'Hare 2022 file photo Pinedale Elementary students Memphis Simpkins, right, and Gracelyn Simkins, center left, had no idea that their sister, United States Army Specialist Preslie Mecham, was the guest of honor at Friday's Veterans Day assembly. Spc. Mecham is an Army combat medic specialist assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Divison. She's been away for nearly a year. After a long, tearful embrace with her siblings, and a loud round of applause, Spc. Mecham told the assembled PES students that, "You can be anything you want to be. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't. You can do whatever you want to do with your life. Promise me now that you'll do your best in everything you do, and I promise you that you'll succeed."

SUBLETTE COUNTY — Since Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, it’s being observed on Friday, Nov. 10. Veterans Day honors all people who have served in the United States armed forces on the anniversary of the end of World War I. The war ended in an armistice agreement at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.
Sublette County service organizations have planned activities throughout the area to honor veterans and their service to the United States military next week.

Big Piney

In Big Piney, the American Legion Post No. 78 and American Legion Auxiliary will host a lunch and dedication of the new veterans’ room at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 9. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with the dedication immediately following. Tours of the new veterans’ room will take place at 429 E. 1st St; in Big Piney throughout the afternoon.

Big Piney High School hosts the annual Veterans Day assembly at the Puncher Gym, 916 Piney Drive, beginning at 11:10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 10, with guest speaker veteran Rocky Piernick.


Veterans Day activities in Pinedale hosted by the American Legion Post No. 47 take place on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning with an assembly at Pinedale Elementary School, 3040 Bloomfield Ave., from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
The assembly for Pinedale Middle School is planned from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., at the Sheppard Auditorium, 101 Hennick St.
The Pinedale High School assembly and community awards ceremony takes place from 11 a.m. to noon, also at the Sheppard Auditorium.
The VFW Post 4801 hosts a luncheon immediately following the assembly at noon at 1033 W. Pine St.


Free and confidential support is available 24/7 for veterans and their loved ones via the Veterans Crisis Line. People do not need to be enrolled in VA benefits or health insurance to connect with a trained professional. Simply dial 988, then press 1. Folks may also chat online at or by texting 838255.

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