Local Groups Remember 9/11

CONTEMPLATION: From left, Dr. Orriene Denslow, state regent of the Oklahoma Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Marilynn Spence, leader of John Plumb Chapter of Colonial Dames; and Carolyn Thornton, regent of Wealaka Chapter of OSDAR, stand at the contemplation bench, which was dedicated during Patriot Day, at Washington Irving Park.

On Sept. 11, the Wealaka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution () held its annual Patriot Day at Washington Irving Park. The John Plumb Chapter of Colonial Dames also provided support for the event and purchased a contemplation bench, which has been placed on the lawn west of the 9-11 Memorial in Washington Irving Park.

More than 200 were in attendance; participants in the program included the Tulsa (Sons of American Revolution) representatives, the Bixby High School JROTC Color Guard under the guidance of Master Gunnery Sgt. Williams, and leaders of both patriotic groups responsible for the bench. The ceremony included the Pledge to the American Flag, the Pledge to the Oklahoma Flag, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the reciting of the American’s Creed and the dedication of the contemplation bench.

Marilyn Means, a member of both and the John Plumb Chapter of Colonial Dames, was the main speaker at the event. She had the idea to place the bench near the piece of the World Trade Center that sits in Washington Irving Park.

Fifth graders from Bixby North Intermediate were in attendance, with each student receiving a small flag and a bookmark on which the American’s Creed and the Oklahoma Flag pledge was printed. Several local firefighters and police officers were also present.

Updated 09-25-2014

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