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Norman Veterans Day and Memorial Ceremony is Sunday

The Norman Veterans Day and Memorial Ceremony is Sunday at Reaves Park, 2501 S. Jenkins Ave. The static displays open at 1 p.m. and the ceremony is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The static displays include a Blackhawk helicopter and a helicopter from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics as well as an ASV military vehicle. A car show from Canadian Rivers Cruisers will feature over 20 classic cars. Following the National Anthem, there will be a flyover by two T-6 Texans, training aircraft during WW II and the Korean War. 

Special speakers for the event include Lieutenant Colonel Scott M. Houck, representing Afghanistan veterans; Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired) Paul E. Merchant, representing Vietnam veterans; and Harold L. Mulhausen, a member of The Chosin Few, representing the Korean veterans.

Mayor Lynne Miller, who will be making brief remarks at the ceremony, said “These events serve as an important reminder of the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of our veterans and their families. We don’t want to forget that men and women have been, and continue to be, separated from home and loved ones in service to our country. They may not be in our own families so it may not be as personal to us but for the families that will be away from fathers and mothers and sons and daughters during the upcoming holidays, it is a cost beyond measure, and it deserves our highest honor and deepest gratitude.”

The Norman Veterans Day and Memorial Ceremony is sponsored by the Norman Veterans Committee, a group of volunteers dedicated to honoring all veterans. Norman is an approved 2017 Veterans Day Regional Site by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.