Photos: A somber Memorial Day service in Casper honors the fallen

Shirley Mundorf stands near her husband Kennith Mundorf’s grave on Memorial Day at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. Kennith Mundorf was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and died in 2014. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo – Clouds darkened the sky above the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 in Evansville.

Hundreds of small flags marking the graves fluttered in the wind, their bright colors contrasting against the dark sky.

People paying their respects braved the drizzle and rain on the grounds as others gathered in the chapel for a brief service.

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Richard Mestas looks for the grave of his father, Vitalio Mestas, at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Representatives for Sen. John Barasso and Rep. Liz Cheney attended. Cheney was scheduled to attend but was a victim of a cancelled flight.

Susan Thomas, widow of the late Sen. Craig Thomas, read a poem honoring cowboys turned veterans.

Wyoming Veterans Commission Executive Director Steve Kravitsky spoke of the holiday’s meaning.

He talked about the upcoming 75th anniversary of D Day during WWII.

“That first 24 hours alone we lost 1,465 American fighting men,” he said.

“I know you remember the true meaning behind the day, but many in our nation do not,” he continued.

“Today is the one day we honor the more than 1.1 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines…the men and women who fell on the battlefield throughout the stand our our nation’s history,” said Kravitsky.

“It should truly humble us.”