At a glance
Veterans Day events
Ceremonies, parades and a variety of other activities are planned around the metro area and in the state to commemorate Veterans Day on Thursday.
Oklahoma City area
• 1 p.m.: Unveiling of a $120,000 addition to a veterans monument at Patriots Park, 4505 SE 15. The structure includes Vietnam War artwork that was displayed in 2005 during a visit by the traveling replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The monument also salutes the 21 soldiers from Del City that have been killed in wars.
• 10 a.m.: 45th Infantry Museum, 2145 NE 36. Ceremony commemorating all veterans, with parade of Oklahoma National Guard color guards. Museum open to the public. A special exhibit titled "Who's Throwing Rocks at Daddy?" by local photographer and art teacher Carolyn Rossow will be on view through the weekend. Rossow created the exhibit as an independent study project at the University of Oklahoma. It examines her sons' experience when their father was deployed to Iraq.
• 11 a.m.: ABATE of Oklahoma Veterans Day Motorcycle Run starting from Skyline Restaurant, 1631 SE 15. The run is to pass by the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 921 NE 13. Motorcycles will parade to the Veterans Memorial at the Oklahoma state Capitol at 11 a.m. Multiple wreaths are to be placed in honor of veterans. The riders also plan to attend the Del City unveiling of an addition to its veterans monument at 1 p.m.
All day: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, free admission for veterans Thursday. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All day: Oklahoma City Zoo will offer free admission Thursday for active duty, active reserve members and military retirees. The zoo, 2101 NE 50, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All day: Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, free admission for veterans Thursday. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 522-5248.
• 2 p.m.: The Village Library, 10307 N Pennsylvania Avenue. Multimedia program, "Veterans Day Memories of World War II" by Mickey Sherman, a flier during the war. www.metro
• 11 a.m.: Fifth-annual Veterans Day parade and flag retirement ceremony. Parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Expo Center. Worn-out flags will be burned at a retirement ceremony conducted by the Claremore High School Navy Junior ROTC at noon at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, 300 N J.M. Davis Boulevard. Ashes of the flags are to be scattered on the grave sites of fallen service members.
• 11 a.m.: Ceremony, Fort Gibson National Cemetery, 1423 Cemetery Road, Fort Gibson. (918) 478-2334.
• 9 a.m.: Ceremony in front of McNair Hall. (580) 442-4500.