Memorial Day services planned

Local veterans will be honored at Memorial Day services scheduled for Monday, May 27. The services honoring men and women who served their country will begin at 8 a.m. at the Byron cemetery, continue at 9 a.m. at the Cowley cemetery, followed by a service starting at 10 a.m. at the Lovell cemetery. The public is encouraged to attend the ceremonies at all three locations to honor the veterans.

Each event will begin with a ceremonial march in honor for the veterans who served their country and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice of dying for their country. Lovell Elementary School music teacher Chauna Bischoff and a group of her students will perform patriotic music during the ceremony. The local color guard will carry the flags. Each event will be followed by a rendition of “Taps.”

This year’s speaker is Command Sergeant Major Thomas F. Allan of the Wyoming Army National Guard. Allan began his military career in 1974 with the U.S. Navy as a hull maintenance technician and firefighter on the USS Independence. He joined the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1977 as a surveyor for the 3rd Battalion, 49th Field Artillery in Casper. In 1979, he rejoined the U.S. Navy to serve until 1981 on the USS Tripoli. He came back to the Wyoming Army National Guard in 1986 after taking a break from military service to work in the Wyoming oil fields.

He now serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the adjutant general of Wyoming, leading the Army Guard’s non-commissioned officers, supporting statewide commands in achieving the adjutant general’s goals and objectives. His duties also include active involvement in all care and training of the Guards’ enlisted force. He is a long-time member of the State Family Readiness Council. He and his wife live in Torrington and have two daughters.

Allan is a decorated veteran who has received the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four OLC and the Army Achievement Medal two OLC.

By Patti Carpenter