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Oklahoma Honor Flights Send Veterans to Washington, D.C.

The Oklahoma Honor Flights took 87 veterans to Washington, D.C. for a one-day trip to visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites on Sept. 10. Oklahoma Honor Flights is a hub of the national Honor Flight Network and this was its 18th flight from Oklahoma and seventh from Tulsa.

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE:

The American Legion hosted a Memorial Day service at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa May 26 honoring those who have served and died protecting the nation’s freedom. Pictured are Tulsans David and Joan Blankenship flanked by guest speaker Brig. Gen. Donald E. “Gene” Kirkland and Master of Ceremonies Col. Scott W. Stratton. Brig. Gen. Kirkland is Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, Tinker Air Force Base.

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Folds of Honor Announces New Fundraising Event

The Folds of Honor Foundation has partnered with Ebonite to launch Patriot Bowling Day at bowling centers nationwide during Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-17). During the four-day period, the foundation will collect donations and host events to help fund educational scholarships for the families of those killed or disabled while serving the U.S.

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OSUIT Donates Cars

GRATITUDE TO VETERANS: Veteran Marquise Debouse, second from left, stands in front of the refurbished car, a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, that he received from an OSU Institute of Technology (OSUIT) automotive class and the nonprofit organization Cars 4 Heroes.

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Community Thanks Veterans Through Honor Cottage

By BLAKE AUSTYN

Major Dan Rooney created the Folds of Honor Foundation six years ago as a means to help families of veterans wounded or killed in action. He didn’t necessarily plan to expand outside of that vision. However, due to the local and national community’s embracing, that is exactly what he has had to do. And Rooney can’t say that he’s surprised.

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Owasso Highway Dedicated to Fallen Soldier

Owasso community members recently gathered to honor Sergeant Schuyler B. Patch. The Owasso soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan while assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Kewanee, Ill.

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Military Museum Moves Forward in B.A.

By EMILY RAMSEY

Renovations are underway for the Museum of Military History, which will be located on Main Street in the former Special Services Center of Broken Arrow Public Schools. Currently housed in Tulsa, the museum was founded in 1989 by retired Air Force Colonel Robert Powell.

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Floral Haven Salutes Veterans

By DAVID JONES

It all began with a simple request. Forty years ago, in 1972, the widow of a veteran brought a flag to Floral Haven Cemetery. It had covered the coffin of her husband when he was buried with military honors and the widow wondered if Floral Haven would fly it during the Memorial Day weekend. She was told it would be an honor. It is an honor that has grown exponentially.

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Oklahoma Honor Flights Preparing for Next Trip

The Oklahoma Honor Flights organization is making final plans for the group’s initial flight in 2012. The flight will transport approximately 100 World War II veterans and sixty guardians to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

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The State of Appreciation Event will be Held March 13

On March 13, the Mabee Center along with the Department of Oklahoma Blue Star Mothers of America will be hosting “: A Memorable Night for Our Troops”.

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Specialist Christopher Horton Honored

By KELSY LORIN TAYLOR

Owasso recently celebrated the life of a fallen soldier. Specialist Christopher David Horton and his wife Jane loved living in the community that gave so much back to them.

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Military Appreciation Set for Mabee Center March 13

The Mabee Center, in conjunction with the Department of Oklahoma Blue Star Mothers, will host The State of Appreciation: A Memorable Night for Our Troops, featuring the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of Washington D.C. for a free concert March 13 at 7 p.m.

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BK Students Support the Troops

The students in the photo are from the Bishop Kelley High School Breezeway newspaper class. Journalism students contributed 5,000 cards to the effort to send 100,000 cards to the U.S. troops in the Middle East.

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HONORING VETERANS:

Montereau Retirement Community, located near 71st and Yale, held a special event to honor Veteran’s Day. A new Freedom Circle is located on the south lawn of the property. The monument honors those who have fallen in battle and 100 bricks represent residents who served in the military.

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Local Pearl Harbor Survivor Returns to Hawaii

By Doug Eaton

Sixty-nine years ago, seventeen year-old Arles Cole was stationed on the U.S.S. West Virginia as it was docked at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands.

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