Senior Center recognized for veterans’ tribute wall
Date posted: August 16, 2013
From Senior Center staff reports
SHERIDAN — Lynn House, chair of the Wyoming State Historical Society awards committee announced that the Sheridan Senior Center received an Honorable Mention by the society in its Education Project Category for the center’s project the “Sheridan Senior Center’s Salute to Veterans.”
Each November, the center’s salute to veterans displays a brief interview and photograph from veterans in the lobby of the Senior Center at 211 Smith St. The salute displays written recorded interviews from area veterans who served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam.
Begun in 2005 or 2006, the salute to veterans’ service started with 20 interviews. By 2007, the tribute wall had grown to 60 interviews and by 2012, 111 interviews were on display at the Senior Center.
The tribute wall was the brainchild of Activities Director Jane Perkins, who approached fellow staff member Shelly Araas with the idea. Later, community volunteer Margaret Pilch, PhD, joined to interview veterans each year.
“It’s turned into something very meaningful to a wide audience of veterans and non-veterans,” Perkins said.
Senior Center representatives have been invited to attend an awards luncheon on Septe. 7 in Torrington to receive their award.
The society’s mission is to educate, support and foster the study of Wyoming history.