Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
VA to hold Veterans Day Events
November 5, 2018
Fort Gibson National Cemetery Veterans Day Celebration
Fort Gibson National Cemetery will hold its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., which is open to the public.
Keynote speaker will be Chaplain, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Willie F. Crow, U.S. Army Reserve. Other scheduled speakers include U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, District 2; State Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, District 9; State Rep. Avery Frix, District 13; Jason McClellan, Director, Muskogee VA Regional Office; Mark E. Morgan, Director, Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System; Bill Rhoades, Director, Fort Gibson/Fort Sill National Cemeteries. Former State Rep. Jerry McPeak, District 13, will be the master of ceremonies.
Special music will be provided by the 395th Army Band Brass Quintet. Fort Gibson National Cemetery is located at 1423 Cemetery Rd.
Doughboy Statue Rededication & World War I Ceremony
The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and Rev. John Robinson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a ceremony to celebrate the restoration of the "Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. in the hospital Chapel. The public is invited to attend.
The Spirit of the American Doughboy statue has greeted visitors to the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, originally known as The Soldiers Memorial Hospital, since 1924, and was created in recognition of the tremendous sacrifices of American troops during World War I.
The restoration was made possible by Rev. John Robinson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Veteran organizations and private individuals.
The ceremony will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center is located at 1011 Honor Heights Dr. in Muskogee.