Cherokee Nation to host veterans event Friday in recognition of Memorial Day

May 21, 2019

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker speaks during the tribe's annual veterans event held in recognition of Memorial Day in 2018.Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker speaks during the tribe's annual veterans event held in recognition of Memorial Day in 2018.

WHAT:
Cherokee Nation to honor fallen Cherokee warriors in recognition of Memorial Day

WHEN:
Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:
Cherokee Nation Veterans Center
(Next to the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex)
17676 S. Muskogee Ave.
Tahlequah

WHO:
Principal Chief Bill John Baker Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation welcomes all veterans and widows of veterans to honor fallen Cherokee warriors at an event Friday in recognition of Memorial Day.

The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center, located east of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.

The event features a volley salute by American Legion Post 15 and “Taps” performed by the Muskogee Honor Guard. A continental breakfast will be offered and Cherokee Nation leaders will honor the fallen with a wreath-laying ceremony after a short program.

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.