Cherokee veterans may submit their names to receive Medal of Patriotism

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/11/2020 12:30 PM
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The Medal of Patriotism was created by the Cherokee Nation in 2005 and is given to Cherokee warriors from all branches of service that were honorably discharged to express the Cherokee people’s gratitude for the military service of their women and men. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee veteran Howard Holloway is greeted by then-Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden during the Feb. 11, 2013, Tribal Council meeting before receiving his Medal of Patriotism. Holloway served with the Army during the Korean War and earned a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee artist Donald Vann signs prints of his work he gave away after the June 2013 Tribal Council meeting where he was presented the Medal of Patriotism, which is pinned to the lapel of his jacket. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Cherokee Nation honored Cherokee veteran Peggy Zuber of Tulsa in September 2014 for her 21 years of service in the Navy and Army Reserves. She was presented the Cherokee Warrior Award and the Cherokee Medal of Patriotism. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Veterans Center is inviting Cherokee veterans to submit their names to be honored with the Cherokee Warrior Award and the Medal of Patriotism. Family members may also submit a veteran’s name that includes the veteran’s contact information.

Each month during the Tribal Council meeting, Cherokee Nation citizens who are veterans receive the framed Warrior Award and the medal. The award and medal are given to Cherokee warriors from all branches of service that were honorably discharged to express the Cherokee people’s gratitude for the military service of their women and men.

Warriors also receive a certificate for a free brick that can be inscribed with their name, branch of service and years of service and placed at the Cherokee Warrior Memorial adjacent to the tribal complex.

The Medal of Patriotism was created by the Cherokee Nation in 2005 and was initially presented to World War II veterans, but after requests from CN citizens, the medal was presented to female and male veterans from all eras. The seven-pointed star on the face of the medal symbolizes the seven Cherokee clans.

Receiving the medal is a prerequisite for being considered to take part in the annual Warrior Flight sponsored by the Cherokee Nation that takes veterans to Washington, D.C., to tour memorial sites for veterans, Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Capitol building, the National Museum of the American Indian and the White House.

To request a Medal of Patriotism and Cherokee Warrior Award or for more information, call the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center at 918-772-4166 or email veterans@cherokee.org.

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