The Edmond Sun

April 18, 2014

Oklahoma History Center new home for Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame has a new home at the Oklahoma History Center. Created in 1999, the hall of fame, operated by the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation, has been housed the past several years at Oklahoma Christian University but there was no available space to display photographs and information on the inductees.

During the past year, the foundation had an opportunity to become part of the Oklahoma History Center where there is a place to display the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and its inductees, said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bradley Gambill, president of the foundation.

The Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation also has moved its board of directors meeting location to the Oklahoma History Center.

A kiosk containing information and photographs on the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame is now operational in the military portion of the third floor of the Oklahoma History Center, Gambill said.

Visitors coming to the kiosk can use it to display names and photographs of every person inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Some of the inductees are enlisted, and some are officers. Some are Medal of Honor recipients. The common trait is they are heroes who have an Oklahoma connection.      

Officials of the Oklahoma History Center praised this new partnership with the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation.

Dan Provo, director of the Oklahoma History Center, said this addition of the military heritage foundation increases the efficiency of the history center.

“The partnership is important because we can help keep the story of the Military Hall of Fame and people alive so people will remember and don’t forget (the hall of fame members),” Provo said.

Since 1999, the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation, a volunteer organization, has worked to find and honor men and women whose service in the Armed Forces of the United States has been outstanding.

Each year the volunteers of the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation have had a banquet to induct former and current members of the Armed Forces into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.

This year’s banquet will be Nov. 8 at the Tower Hotel, formerly the Marriott Hotel at 3233 Northwest Expressway.