TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host an “Honoring Our Veterans” breakfast and ceremony on Friday, Nov. 8, in recognition of Veterans Day. It will be held at the new Cherokee Veterans Center just north of the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation has more than 4,000 veterans, and the event will recognize them, as well as other area veterans who wish to attend.
“The Cherokee Nation has a long history of its citizens serving and protecting the freedom of this nation,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. “It’s extremely important that the Cherokee Nation honor and show support for those who stepped forward and answered the call to serve.”
The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Veterans Center, and the program begins at 9 a.m. It will include posting of the colors by the Cherokee Nation Color Guard, remarks from Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief Crittenden and Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin. The Cherokee National Youth Choir will perform. To conclude the program, a wreath ceremony will be held at the Warrior Memorial, outside the Veterans Center.
The Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
For more information, contact Rae Wacoche at 918-453-5252.
Cherokee Nation News Release
Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896
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