October 24, 2019
Oklahoma History Center Announces Veterans Day Recognition Event
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce an event to commemorate Veterans Day. The event will be held on Friday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall at the Oklahoma History Center located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The event is open to the public at no charge, and veterans and active-duty military personnel and dependents with ID are always admitted free of charge. For more information, please call 405-522-0765.
Presentations at the ceremony will be made by retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, retired Brig. Gen. and Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Military Ben T. Robinson, Vietnamese-American Community Chairman and retired Lt. Col. in South Vietnam Vinh Nguyen, and former Huey helicopter pilot and retired Capt. Bob Ford. Guests to the Veterans Day recognition event are invited to view the History Center’s exhibit Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam, which will be closing on November 30.
Music for this ceremony will be furnished by the 145th Army Band, “The Governor’s Own,” which is comprised of musicians enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard. They have traveled across the nation for various events and, in 1988, were deployed to Torino, Italy, for the 45th celebration of the Alpini-45th Alliance. The band has performed for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Vice President Al Gore and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson.
The color guard for this event will be provided by Honoring America’s Warriors, an organization formed to assist the families of those lost in the service of their country as well as retired or disabled veterans from all branches of service. This is achieved through hunting, fishing, shooting sports, family and couples gatherings, faith-based programs, service/companion dog placement, employment and adaptive sports for veterans who are paralyzed or amputees.
The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.