CLEVELAND COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL
The Cleveland County Veteran's Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 2008. The memorial stands at the Southwest corner of Reaves Park, near the Kidspace Playground located at 2501 Jenkins Avenue. The memorial is gratefully and respectfully dedicated to the men and women of Cleveland County who have valiantly served in the military services on behalf of the State of Oklahoma and the United States of America. The granite plaza includes a five-pointed star approximately 30 feet across. Each point of the star represents a branch of the United States Armed Forces. At the center of the star is a large granite pentagon that is topped by a bronze eagle. The walls of the centerpiece bear the names of those who lost their life in service to our country. The names of all other Veterans are on smaller granite tablets that form a wall around the plaza.
The planning of this memorial began in the fall of 2001 when a few veterans met with City officials to begin the selection of a site for this long awaited tribute to veterans from Cleveland County. On September 10, 2002, the Norman City Council approved this very generous and highly visible site in Reaves Park which was acknowledged in a formal ceremony by Cleveland County veterans on November 11, 2002.
It is appropriate that this memorial to honor our service men and women should be located on a former World War II military installation which was the Naval Air Technical Training Center known locally as the "South Base." This naval base was commissioned on September 20, 1942 and closed March 1, 1947. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the base was re-activated on January 15, 1952 and was later de-commissioned on June 30, 1959. During these two periods of time, it has been estimated at 115,000 service personnel trained at this installation.
Names continue to be added to the memorial. Every man and woman with a tie to Cleveland County who has, or is still serving our country's armed forces are eligible to be included on the memorial. You may obtain applications to nominate qualifying veterans for inclusion on the memorial by CLICKING HERE.
CLICK HERE for a current list of names on the memorial
The memorial has been funded with donations and grants. Money is not required, but if you desire to donate any amount we are happy to accept your donation. Donations will be used to offset future engraving costs and to help maintain the memorial. Checks, Money Orders, or Cashier Checks may be made out to the Norman Park Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for profit organization and mailed to P.O. Box 6523, Norman, OK 73070. Write in the memo section of your donation - CCVM. This is a tax deductible donation.