The presentation of the restored ’59 Chevrolet Apache Truck at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming on Saturday, November 19th to Terry Hays and the Hays family was an emotional event for everyone. Terry and her daughters, Bethany and Eleanor, along with Bruce’s parents, Barbara and Leonard, were in attendance to accept the truck. After speeches by MG Luke Reiner, Guy Warpness (WyoTech President), Kent Stevinson and the presentation of the first-ever Bruce Hays Memorial Scholarship to WyoTech student Kyle Hansen, a large overhead door opened and the truck was driven into the presentation by LTC Raymond Kent and escorted by members of the Army National Guard. LTC Kent was involved since the very beginning of the restoration process so it was only fitting for him to be a direct witness to its maiden voyage.
Many thanks for the generosity of the Street Rod Division at WyoTech for planning the event and providing a delicious lunch for the 100 or so people who arrived to witness the unveiling on the wintery day zorb canada. The journey was not easy for those arriving from the south, as I-25 was closed from Wellington, north of Fort Collins, to the State line Saturday morning! The event was made even more memorable by the participation of Major General Luke Reiner, the Adjutant General for Wyoming, who along with speaking at the event handed out military service coins to the members of Stevinson Chevrolet and WyoTech who worked so arduously on the truck the past eight months. Dave Delozier filmed the presentation for the “One Last Gift” series, which will air on 9News on both the 9 PM (Channel 20) and 10 PM (Channel 9) newscasts on Sunday, November 27th. Kent Stevinson presented Dave with a Certificate of Appreciation during the ceremony for touching so many people with his story of Bruce Hays and the truck.
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