Numerous Memorial Day events set for area
Patriotic ceremonies, exhibits and a festival planned this weekend.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
To mark Memorial Day, a number of events and activities are planned across the area this weekend and on Monday:
Avenue of the Flags
Floral Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery in Broken Arrow will host its 44th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Avenue of the Flags, featuring more than 3,500 fullsized American flags being raised and flown through Monday.
Saturday activities will begin at 10 a.m. at the cemetery, 6500 S. 129th East Ave., with a Memorial Day weekend observance program, which will conclude with the raising of new veterans’ casket flags — donated in the past year — for the first time on cemetery grounds.
At 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday — and repeating at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday — the annual Reading of the Honor Roll
will be held, with the names read of all of veterans buried at Floral Haven in the past year.
The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and end Monday, occurring every half hour during the daytime and every hour at night.
At 5 p.m. Monday, the weekend schedule will officially conclude with the Retiring of the Colors program as local Boy Scouts retire the flags for the year.
Throughout the weekend, Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5 will be collecting items for boxes to send to troops serving overseas.
For more information on the event and related activities, call 918-528-4238 or go to floralhaven.com.
Memorial Park program
Memorial Park Cemetery, 5111 S. Memorial Drive, will host its annual Memorial Day program on Monday.
Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. with music by Tulsa Community Band. A military flyover is set for 9:45 a.m.
The year’s featured speakers are Kevin McDugle, former executive director of Soldier’s Wish, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca, senior enlisted leader at U.S. Central Command.
The annual presentation of wreaths will follow the speakers.
The event is sponsored by the cemetery and Tulsa’s American Legion Post No. 1.
For more information, call 918-627-0220.
The Route 66 PatriotFest returns Saturday with various exhibits and activities intended to celebrate the country’s veterans and active military members.
Set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the festival will include the area along Southwest Boulevard between Union and 39th Street, including the Route 66 Village and the campus of Webster High School.
Among the festival features: “Remembering Our Fallen,” an exhibit honoring Oklahoma service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, an outdoor exhibit of military vehicles organized by the Marine Corps League, drills performed by JROTC units from three schools, and the official tune of each military branch performed by a drum corps.
Military and veterans organizations will have booths providing information on services.
Additionally, there will be a KidZone, pet contest, pinup contest and a car show.
Money raised by the festival goes to Folds of Honor and various veterans groups.
For more information, call 918-853-5266.
Back for its 25th year, an annual exhibition of military memorabilia will be on display through Monday at Tulsa Promenade mall, 4107 S. Yale Ave.
More than 40 tables will feature items from World War I through Vietnam, including medals, uniform patches, photographs and personal items, along with a collection of models of World War II aircraft, ships, tanks and other vehicles.
One special exhibit will feature Purple Heart medals of veterans killed or wounded in action.
The exhibition is free and will be available during mall hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is located on the mall’s second level north of the food court.
For more information, call Keith Myers at 918-523-0932.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will present its annual Memorial Day Salute to Veterans, 5 p.m. Monday at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.
The show is produced by and will feature singer-pianist Joe Wilkinson, himself a World War II veteran, performing classic tunes from the war era.
Tickets are $15, or $10 for senior adults. Veterans will be admitted free.