Shawnee veterans and community gather for Veterans Day event

Veterans and citizens of the Shawnee area are invited to a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 11 at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Shawnee.

The program to honor veterans is open to all veterans, the public, and homeschooled children and will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, or may be moved to the nearby City Auditorium if needed due to the bad weather.

According to Albert Brase, a member of the Oklahoma Veterans Memorial Committee, American Legion Veterans, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Foreign Affairs Veterans (VFW) will participate in the event.

Prior to the start of the program, an educational and historical introduction to the Veterans Memorial Park will be given to children who attend.

The program will begin with the ringing of the Naval Bell by Bob Winchell and the presentation of the Post Colors by the VFW Honor Guard.

Brase said the Pledge of Allegiance will take place and Tony Litherland will lead people in prayer and deliver a welcome speech.

After the welcome speech, Brase said representatives from the DAV, VFW and American Legion would deliver messages.

Brase said those representatives include Jeff Branum for the DAV, James Dockemeyer for the VFW and Scot Wengland for the American Legion.

After messages from veterans organizations, the event will conclude with the VFW Honor Guard 21-gun salute and the game of Taps.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required and attendees will need to respect social distancing.

Also, food and beverages will not be provided this year for COVID-19 precautions.

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