Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Memorial Service Honors, Remembers 30 Veterans
On Jan. 23, the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System Chaplain Service held their bi-annual Memorial Service to remember 30 Veteran patients who passed away during the past six months.
Friends and family members were invited to attend the service at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, and encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one.
Each service includes a brief message from VA leadership, religious readings and address from VA Chaplains, a moment of silence and playing of taps, and a special bell ringing ceremony which includes the reading of the names of Veterans who passed away.
At the conclusion of each ceremony, VA leadership hand out flags to friends and family members in honor of their loved one.
Anna Kilgore, along with family members, attended the memorial service to honor her husband Navy Veteran Richard Kilgore who passed away in November at the age of 71 from cancer.
“I wouldn’t have missed it for anything," said Anna Kilgore about the service. "It was great. Everything was.”
Anna said Richard was drafted into the Navy and served from 1965 to 1969. In 1968, he deployed to Vietnam where he served on a patrol boat.
“Next month, we would have been married 47 years," said Kilgore, who lives in Prague, Okla. "He had quick wit. I’ll miss that definitely. He had a way about him to get along with everyone. We had a good life together. I miss him."
Anna said her husband received care at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center for approximately 20 years.
“The hospital here in Muskogee - we would drive the extra miles to come," she said. "Everyone here was friendly and they were helpful. He enjoyed coming here in spite of being sick and needing medicine. He enjoyed the people here.”
Grief and Widow Support Groups
The Chaplain Service holds a Widow and Widow Support Group on the third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the offices of Southwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, located across from Popeyes restaurant on 41st. The Chaplain Service also offers one-on-one counseling for grief and bereavement.
To learn more, please contact the Chaplain Nancy McCoy at 918-577-3760.