A special ceremony honoring local heroes is planned for the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs facility on Sept. 17, according to Sam House of the VA.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cheyenne VA, and will honor teachers, firefighters, EMTs, people in law enforcement and others who have done something heroic. Organizations doing something heroic are also eligible.

House says people can nominate someone to be a hero by emailing him at samuel.house2@va.gov. House says the deadline for nominating organizations is Sept. 12, while people can be nominated until the day of the event.

Among other things a tree will be planted in memory of local suicide victims, and a list of local heroes will be read.

A Blackhawk helicopter from the Wyoming Army National Guard is also scheduled to make an appearence. In conjunction with the heroes celebration, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department will be conducting a mock emergency exercise featuring a response to an anthrax outbreak.

House says people attending the emergency drill can park at the VA and take a bus to the drill, with buses leaving at 9:30 a.m. and returning to the VA around 11:30 a.m.

House says Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen has officially proclaimed Sept. 17 as Cheyenne Hero Appreciation Day as part of the celebration.

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