Burns News


The Bountiful Baskets program in Burns was a success for me and I encourage others to try it. I received fruit and vegetables and my family has used it all. I was impressed with how well organized everyone was.

I parked at the Burns-Plex, stood in line, picked up my groceries and was back in my car in about 15 minutes. A very nice young man even carried my sacks to the car! The website is http://bountifulbaskets.org/ and the baskets are $15.00 each. A person must place an order the Monday before the pickup date. The next time to order will be November 18 with a Saturday pickup on November 23 from 8am – 8:30am.

This is old news by now but the Burns High School football team lost on Friday night to Thermopolis. This was the first play-off game for a chance at playing for the 2AA state football championship. They are a great group of young men who played their best this fall and went 8-0 in the conference.

Veterans Day, November 11, is right around the corner. In 1918 it was the day that a peace agreement was signed to end World War I. This day honors all veterans, living and dead, those who served in past wars and those who are serving today in order to preserve the peace in our country.

About five years ago, my grandson's teacher taught her class about Veterans Day and encouraged her students to tell a service man "thank you." We were in the Wal-Mart parking lot that afternoon and Gerrit saw a man in an Air Force uniform getting out of his car. He wanted to run over and say "thank you." I will admit I was hesitant at first but he convinced me.

The young man got out of his car and looked a little startled to see this little boy running over to him shouting "thank you!" And then he snapped to attention and gave my young grandson a salute and bent down and talked to him. He then took off a patch from his uniform and gave it to Gerrit who still has it and is very respectful to all military men and women that he sees.

I appreciate that young man who took the time to honor my grandson and also to the teacher who taught him to say "thank you." We express our appreciation to all those who have served, are serving in the military today and who will serve in years to come.

I found a few facts in a book entitled American Holiday – Veterans Day which is available at the Burns or Pine Bluffs libraries. First of all, there are memorials in a number of places. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Many people visit this memorial on Veterans Day when a special program is presented. Often they continue their visits to Pearl Harbor and remember the soldiers who defended America's freedom during World War II.

Located in our nation's capital are three memorials that people visit every year. Thousands visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since 1937, the 3rd U.S. Infantry guards the tomb 24 hours-a-day. Serving as a sentinel, or a tomb guard, is considered one of the highest honors for soldiers.

Secondly is the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. This statue shows the raising of the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi in Japan during WWII. The Marine Corp has defended the United States since 1775.

The last memorial is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. There are 58,249 names of those who died and those who remain missing from the Vietnam War. People often leave mementos, flowers and flags by the wall next to the names of their lost one.

I found one last fact in this book. At 11 am, on Veterans Day, Americans are encouraged to spend a moment of silence in memory of all those who have lost their lives in war defending our country. May we all take one minute during our busy lives to remember and express our appreciation to all veterans.

Burns Branch Library

Laramie County Library System

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Burns, WY 82053

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