The Edmond Sun


November 8, 2013

2013 Veterans Day events slated



• 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

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