TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host a barbeque dinner for all veterans at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center this Labor Day weekend during the Cherokee National Holiday.
To show appreciation for all those who served in the Armed Forces, the Cherokee Nation is hosting an open house of its new veterans center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. A reception dinner of barbeque and chicken will follow from 4-6 p.m.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, a Navy veteran, will attend. The event is free.
The $2 million veterans center, which was tribally funded, features 25 pieces of military-themed artwork from American Indian artists and 16 display cases showcasing multiple Cherokee veterans’ military regalia. There are a dozen other cases displaying vintage wartime newspapers and various memorabilia.
“The Cherokee Nation continues to honor the sacrifices and service of our military veterans, so hosting this reception during our Cherokee National Holiday is just a small way that we can say thank you,” Deputy Chief Crittenden said. “It’s also a great time of year to showcase all the programs and services that are provided in our new veterans center and beautiful artwork and memorabilia on display to honor them.”
The 8,700-square-foot veterans center houses the Cherokee Nation veteran assistance and benefit offices and U.S. Veterans Affairs readjustment counselor. It features a community room, kitchen and “Wall of Honor” entryway.
The veterans center is located just east of the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah.
For more information call at 918-453-5000 ext. 4166.
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