From a few glitches in the sound to a standing ovation, Friday at the Sheridan College Veterans Plaza, the opening ceremony was held celebrating Sheridan County's first-ever Field of Honor.
It was a time of remembrance for Wyoming's heroes, the vets, the military and first responders who gave their lives for a greater cause. It was also a local fundraising effort to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.
Keynote speaker, Jeremiah Pauley was injured while he was deployed to Iraq. His story is one of turning negative events in life into positive actions that serve others. The flower in his lapel is a constant reminder.
It was a flower that saved his life.
Due to his wounds, he was medically retired in 2007. Once home, Pauley sunk into depression, anger, survivor's guilt and PTSD, but discovered that sometimes, it's in the deepest, darkest places that you find your flower.
Everyone needs to find their own flower.
One thousand U.S. flags have been posted on the front lawn of Sheridan College. Sponsorship of the flags benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.