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Medal of Honor Day Ceremony
April 25, 26, 27, 2013
The Eleventh Annual Oklahoma Medal of Honor Day Ceremony will be held April 26 and 27, 2013. This year’s guest of honor is Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Keynote Speaker for the program will be General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.) former Commanding General, United States Central Command.
The weekend activities begin with a reception for World War II and Korean War veterans at VFW Post 577, 1109 East Sixth Street, Tulsa on Thursday April 25th at 6:00 p.m.
A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the statue of PFC Albert E. Schwab, Tulsa’s only Medal of Honor recipient, in Schwab Hall at the Tulsa International Airport at 4:00 pm on Friday April 26.
Saturday’s (April 27th) program begins at 8:00 am with a breakfast for all veterans, active duty and reserve service men and women and their families at the Floral Haven Family Center in Broken Arrow. During the breakfast Korean War Veterans attending will be presented a certificate from the Korean War Commemoration Committee. If you are a Korean War Veteran and will be attending please contact J. Guymon at 918-694-5971 or Keith Myers at 918-852-5573 by April 10. Following the breakfast at 9:30 am there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Medal of Honor Walk in Floral Haven Cemetery.
Beginning at 10:00 am exhibits and displays will open at Veteran’s Park, 21st Street and Boulder, Tulsa, OK. These will include a H-34 Marine helicopter, the YL-37, a veteran of the Vietnam War that bears many patched bullet holes in its metallic skin. There will also be displays from the Marine Corps Anti Tank Company from Broken Arrow and local Army Reserve and National Guard units. A World War II Re-enactment group will be at the park displaying their equipment, and a historic military vehicles group will display vehicles from World War II to Present.
At 1:00 p.m. local Boy Scouts will conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony. Following the Flag Retirement there will be a brief program by the Tulsa Pipes and Drums.
The Medal of Honor program begins at 2:00 p.m., with Master of Ceremonies, Pat Campbell, of KFAQ Radio welcoming the public to the Ceremonies. Following the welcome, a Joint Junior ROTC Color Guard will march in the colors and there will be a fly over by the War Birds a group of World War II aircraft. State and local dignitaries, including Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett will read proclamations concerning Medal of Honor Day in Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma.
The public is invited to attend Medal of Honor Day Ceremony, a celebration honoring all Oklahoma Medal of Honor Recipients. This event is free of charge and open to the public.