Veterans Day events, closings

Published: November 11, 2007

Oklahoma City

•The American Legion will host a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial near the Supreme Court building on the state Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City: The Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N Laird Ave., will offer free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel from noon to 5 p.m. Exhibits include an overview of Oklahoma's military history from the 1830's through today and a display of Medals of Honor awarded to Jack Montgomery and Ruben Rivers.

Oklahoma City: The Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living Center, 12310 S Western, will host a veterans' appreciation day and flag retirement ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m.. Guests of honor include Retired Air Force Gen. Jerry D. Holmes and Byron C. Gordon, a Marine who was a prisoner of war in World War II and was part of the Bataan Death March.

Lawton: Ceremony at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 2 p.m. Speakers and participants: Lt. Gov. Jari Askins; Lawton Rangers Posting of the Colors and horseless rider; national anthem sung by Jamie Butemeyer, Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2007; James Sailors bagpipes; Trinity Christian Academy Choir; presentation of wreaths by veterans support organizations and ground-breaking ceremony of War Memorial for Persian Gulf War casualties.

Kingfisher: The Kingfisher County Military Service Memorial will be dedicated at 2 p.m. at Kingfisher Cemetery, a mile west of Kingfisher on State Highway 33. The names of 4,050 veterans from the county have been engraved on 81 granite panels on the memorial, with room for 2,000 more. Anyone from the county who served in the military in war or peace time qualifies to have their name engraved on the memorial.

Edmond: The American Legion Frank H. Collings Post 111 and the Edmond Memorial High School band will host a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma's Wantland Stadium. Iraqi war veteran and Purple Heart recipient Ed Pulido will be the guest speaker.

Holiday closings
Veterans Day is Sunday, but federal and state offices will observe the holiday Monday.

What's affected:

Federal offices: Closed Monday.

State offices: Closed Monday.

County courthouses: Closed Monday.

City offices: Oklahoma City municipal offices will be closed, but other municipalities may choose to stay open. Ada will close its city offices and trash service.

U.S. Postal Service: Post offices will be closed, and regular mail delivery will be suspended Monday.

Banks: Closed Monday.

Public schools: Oklahoma City schools will hold classes as usual. The holiday isn't considered a state holiday for schools, but some individual schools may be opting to close. All schools begin "Celebrate Freedom Week” on Monday, which requires students to study the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.

Colleges: The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University will be open and will hold regular classes.

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