CN Veterans Center hosts Valentine’s dance

BY KENLEA HENSON
Former Reporter
02/15/2018 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Martin and Christine Cochran pose for a photo during a Feb. 13 Valentine’s dance for veterans at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Terry and Loretta Reed two-step to a song performed by a band during the Feb. 13 Valentine’s dance for veterans at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Terry Lack dances with his daughter Kimberly Lack to a song during a Valentine’s dance for veterans on Feb. 13 at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center. KENLEA HENSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Local veterans gathered on Feb. 13 at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center for the center’s first Valentine’s Day dance and social event.

The Veterans Center was transformed into a Valentine’s wonderland with paper hearts leading attendees into the building and holiday décor placed throughout. The event featured a live band, a photo booth, food, desserts and fellowship.

“We always enjoy hosting our veterans, and tonight is a special opportunity for them to fellowship and create some lasting memories at our Cherokee Nation Veterans Center,” Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden said.

Couples, as well as singles, young and old, listened and danced to the music of the Three F’s. The band transported attendees back in time with songs from genres such as country and western and sweetheart songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Loretta Reed and her husband Terry Reed, both served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Loretta said they were “thrilled” to have a place to celebrate Valentine’s Days.

“We are so thankful and so blessed to have an event offered like this. So thank you so much Cherokee Nation and everyone who had a helping hand in this. The food was delicious and so very well-prepared and beautifully placed,” Loretta said. “We are just so thrilled that they would take the time and energy to provide us a place to have a party and have a happy Valentine’s Day.”

Barbara Foreman, CN Veteran Affairs director, said the dance is one of many new events the center is trying.

“We have been looking at some new ideas and we thought the only way we are going to know if they work or not is to try them. The veterans were excited when we mentioned it and their spouses were really excited, so we thought we would go ahead and try it. This is just a fun social event for them to come together at,” Foreman said. “We just want to get the word out and to let our veterans know that our facility is here, so that’s why we are doing these activities.”

She said veterans could expect to see more social events on the Veterans Center calendar this year. For more information, call 1-800-256-0671 or visit www.cherokee.org.

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