Katie Denike thought about the people who seem to get recognition for being stars or being rich and for some reason they end up with the spotlight on them. As a result, kids may think these are people to look up to and emulate.

Katie figures the real stars of life are all around us, doing things that make our lives better, just because it’s the right thing to do.

We are all better off for their efforts, but we don’t take the time to say thank you, for all you do. Ms. Denike came up with a simple idea that has grown to gigantic proportions




Saturday, September 17 at The Cheyenne VA Medical Center, major movers and SEEMINGLY insignificant people who give so much, will be honored. (That is not a slight, these are the people who deliver meals to the homebound, out of sight. They help mentally ill or drug and alcohol victims etc.)

This event to recognize and thank our real heroes is important enough that The Wyoming Army National Guard is bringing in one of their Blackhawk Helicopters.

Homeland Security and Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department will be conducting a mock emergency exercise simulating a response to an anthrax outbreak. Come out, volunteer and pretend you have anthrax, you over actor! Busses to LCCC will leave at 9:30 a.m.

The Air Force will be sending in their tactical force (with “giant guns and explosive stuff.”) Star Base will bring some rockets, The Cheyenne Therapeutic Equestrian Group will bring their horses. The K-9 units, Motorcycles with The Combat Motorcycle Association who help veterans every day.

Theres a live band, free food, bouncy houses for the kids (who should learn who the real heroes are) and so much more, at Hero Appreciation Day, Saturday, September 17, 10 – 2pm at the VA Medical Center.