CN to host annual Veterans Appreciation event
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host its annual Veterans Day Appreciation ceremony Thursday at the CN Veterans Center.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast and wreath-laying ceremony. Weather permitting, the tribe will also offer outdoor events, including cultural activities, a resource fair and a hog fry for Cherokee veterans and their families at the Joe Thornton Archery Range after the wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Center. The Joe Thornton Archery Range is located west of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.
“I am proud that we as a tribe can come together to show our appreciation and spend the day celebrating our veterans and their service to our great country,” Deputy Chief and U.S. Navy veteran S. Joe Crittenden aid. “Our service men and women have always been near and dear to my heart, so I am thankful for this opportunity to show my appreciation.”
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 918-772-4166.