November 8, 2017
Annual Cherokee Nation Veterans Day event
Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m.
Cherokee Nation Veterans Center
(Next to the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex)
17675 S. Muskogee Ave.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Cherokee National Youth Choir
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Thursday at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation Veterans Appreciation Day event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast and wreath-laying ceremony. Weather permitting, the tribe will also offer several outdoor events, including cultural activities, a resource fair and a hog fry for Cherokee veterans and their families at the Joe Thornton Archery Range after the wreath-laying ceremony at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center. The Joe Thornton Archery Range is located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
“I am proud that we as a tribe can come together to show our appreciation and spend the day celebrating our veterans and their service to our great country,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief and U.S. Navy veteran S. Joe Crittenden. “Our service men and women have always been near and dear to my heart, so I am thankful for this opportunity to show my appreciation.”
The Cherokee Nation estimates there are more than 4,000 Cherokee veterans. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
For more information, call the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center at 918-772-4166.