Numer­ous Me­mo­rial Day events set for area

Pa­tri­otic cer­e­monies, ex­hibits and a fes­ti­val planned this week­end.

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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.

Pa­tri­otFest

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.

Mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia

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.

WWII-era mu­sic

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.

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