Cherokee Nation to host Memorial Day event Friday
Principal Chief Bill John Baker speaks during the tribe’s 2018 veterans event held annually in recognition of Memorial Day. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation welcomes all veterans and widows of veterans to honor fallen Cherokee warriors at an event Friday in recognition of Memorial Day.
The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at the CN Veterans Center, located east of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
The event features a volley salute by American Legion Post 15 and “Taps” performed by the Muskogee Honor Guard. A continental breakfast will be offered and CN leaders will honor the fallen with a wreath-laying ceremony after a short program.
The CN estimates there are more than 4,000 Cherokee veterans. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
For more information, call the Veterans Center at 918-772-4166.