Cherokee Nation reps distribute Valentines for Vets in Claremore

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
02/18/2019 02:30 PM
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Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Cherokee Nation employees distribute Valentines for veterans on Feb. 14 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Claremore. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CLAREMORE – A Valentine’s Day celebration was held Feb. 14 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center when Cherokee Nation representatives handed out Valentines for veterans.

Tribal Councilor Keith Austin sponsored the event that included music, lunch, roses, candy and handmade Valentine’s Day cards, which were distributed throughout the center by Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, Miss Cherokee Whitney Roach, Miss Junior Cherokee Kaitlyn Pinkerton and other CN and Cherokee Nation Businesses employees who participated in the Valentines for Vets project.

“These events were created after a resident veteran commented that he had not been able to do anything for his wife on Valentines Day for 10 years,” Austin said. “Since several of the vets here are Cherokee, I was asked to sponsor it. I did and loved it. Watching these former protectors of our nation reach across the table and hold the hand of their loved ones is magical.”

Crittenden said the Valentines for Vets project, in which Valentines cards are created by CN employees and passed out to vets around the CN jurisdiction, tied perfectly to the Oklahoma Veterans Center’s celebration.

“A lot of these veterans might not have family who can visit very often,” Crittenden said. “They are deserving of our thanks, so we’re here just to make their Valentines Day a little brighter.”
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