The Edmond Sun

November 8, 2013

2013 Veterans Day events slated


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The following list includes events scheduled for Monday in observance of Veterans Day:

• Most local, county, state and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no delivery by the U.S. Postal Service and the Edmond Senior Center will be closed. The Edmond City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 20 S. Littler, instead of on its regular Monday evening schedule.

• The University of Central Oklahoma Veteran Higher Education Resource Office (VetHERO) will honor those who have served our country with a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday at the Old North Amphitheatre on the west side of UCO’s campus. The ceremony will include the UCO Broncho Battalion Pershing Rifles as color guard and music from the Central Sound Brass Quintet. Oklahoma Army National Guard Capt. Brent Weece will deliver a Veterans Day address. Weece, a native of Miami, is a 10-year veteran of the Guard. He has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Warm beverages will be served at the ceremony and the first 100 attendees will receive a UCO fleece ear band courtesy of the Walmart Foundation. The ceremony is free and open to the public. A rain site will be announced if needed. For more information, contact VetHERO at 974-3686 or vethero@uco.edu.

• The annual 45th Infantry Division Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Oklahoma Military Department, 3501 Military Circle in Oklahoma City. Col. David B. Burgy, commander 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, will give the keynote address. Burgy is the senior officer responsible for organizing, training and equipping 1,100 wing personnel to provide the governor and federal commanders with personnel and equipment to meet state and national emergencies and steady state force requirements. Many military and civilian organizations will be represented during the outdoor ceremony with Color Guards and the “Governor’s Own” 145th Army Band providing music.

• Touchmark at Coffee Creek in Edmond will observe Veteran’s Day with a noon program featuring talks from heroes from the war in Afghanistan and World War II. Sharing their experiences will be Edmond resident Col. James Wilhite, Army Reserve (Ret.), author of “We Answered the Call: Building the Crown Jewel of Afghanistan,” and Touchmark resident L.M. Sullivan, a member of the “Greatest Generation.” There will also be a display of veterans’ memorabilia. The event is 11:30-1 p.m. at Touchmark, 2801 Shortgrass Road. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. Call 340-1975.

• A joint event will celebrate Veterans Day at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Oklahoma War Memorial across from the state Capitol at 22nd and North Lincoln Boulevard. The Junior League and DAR will host a wreath laying ceremony with children from Casady School honoring fallen Oklahoma heroes. The dedication and public announcement of the gift of a “traveling” communications remote emergency vehicle donated to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs from the Oklahoma Masonic Charities Foundation will follow the wreath laying ceremony.

• Members of Edmond’s American Legion Post 111 will be traveling to Enid’s Woodring Regional Airport on Veterans Day to witness the dedication of the permanent placement of the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall. A traveling 80 percent replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C., has been retired to a permanent home at the airport. A dedication ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Woodring Wall of Honor will be at 11 a.m. Veterans Day.

The dedication ceremony will also include Grammy-nominated trumpeter David Hooten, a 21-gun salute and special music from a youth honor choir.

• The 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program is underway, meaning that Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the American Red Cross. Through Dec. 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and the world. The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.