Motorcyclists and others will honor Vietnam War veterans with a “run to the wall” parade through Cody on Sunday, July 14.
“We did not get a parade when we came back from the war,” veteran Stan Wolfe of Cody said. “We did not even get a welcome home.”
“We were spit on and called ‘baby killers.’ But that was a different time – attitudes have changed,” added Wolfe, who served in Vietnam with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, 1970-71.
The “Cody Thunder” observance begins at 9:30 a.m. when bikers, all veterans and other supporters will gather at the Stampede Park rodeo grounds.
Two Cody residents who were key to creation of the Vietnam monument here in 1985-86, Army veteran Paul Clymer and Enterprise publisher Bruce McCormack, will lead the parade.
“Starting at 10 a.m. we will have a police escort though downtown to Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park,” Wolfe said.
There will be a brief ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Monument.
“We will have an open microphone and anyone is welcome to speak,” Wolfe adds.
A free barbecue lunch for participants will follow at nearby Brewgard’s Lounge.
Wolfe helped organize a similar event last year, which drew 108 motorcycles and 15 vehicles. It replaces the annual Casper to Cody fundraising ride for the monument that was sponsored by the Wyoming chapter of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club. After 21 years, last July that event moved to Lander.
For more information about the Cody parade, call Wolfe, 250-3242.
Cody vets participate in national ‘run’
Two Cody veterans and a companion participated in the national “Run to the Wall” motorcycle tour in May.
Navy veteran Wayne Karlik, Marine Corps vet Rodney Laib and their friend Philip Sheets left Cody on May 17 for a 4,700-mile ride to and from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Upon returning to Cody on June 1 their first stop was at the Vietnam monument.
(Mark Heinz can be reached at email@example.com.)