Several Native American Tribes, businesses and organizations are hosting events for Veterans Day this week. Veterans Day falls on Friday this year, with veterans events scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Here is a list of Veterans Day activities this week in the surrounding area:
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Veterans Breakfast
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma will host a Veterans Day appreciation breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at The Gordon House, 317 A NW in Miami. All veterans and active duty service members are invited to attend the come and go reception.
Miami Veterans Day Parade
The Veterans Day Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Friday and is hosted by the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce. Parade line up is at 4 p.m. in front of Vance Ford on 5th St. and Main. The parade will travel from 5th Ave & N. Main St. to First Ave. and S. Main St.
The event is in honor of all those who served and are still serving to protect our freedom. Everyone is encouraged to participate or come watch to show support of "Our Heroes.” The Quapaw Tribe Fire/EMS Honor Guard will be presenting the colors. If you would like to participate in the parade, please contact Mel Cook at 918-542-2716.
Miami High School Veteran’s Lunch
Miami High School will host a Veterans Day Assembly in honor of our country’s servicemen and women at 10:27 a.m. on Friday in the MAC Building. Lunch will be served after the assembly, which will dismiss at 11:25 a.m. All veterans are welcome to attend.
Miami Veterans Day Celebration and Open House
The Heartland Plaza Retirement & Senior Care Community will host a Veterans Day Celebration and facility open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday at 2128 Denver Harner Drive in Miami. The American Legion will post the colors and the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will begin at 3 p.m. There will be food, refreshments and door prizes. Please come by to honor our veterans. For more information, call 918-542-4040.
G.A.R. Cemetery Commonwealth War Memory Project
G.A.R. Cemetery will have a special Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. The cemetery is located at 2801 North Main in Miami. Rhonda McMinn, Will Rogers Middle School Librarian, has worked with her colleagues, students and G.A.R. Cemetery to organize the first annual Commonwealth War Graves Commission Living Memory Ceremony. Middle school students will honor our British Cadets by reading their epitaphs and the poem “High Flight.” The purpose of this ceremony is to bring awareness to our young of the great sacrifice that men and women around the world gave during the World Wars and that they will not be forgotten.
Montana Mike’s Free Lunch
To thank our military veterans for their service, Montana Mike’s is hosting a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. A free lunch entree will be given to all active and inactive military personnel. Military ID or proof of service is required. For more information, call 918-542-8808.
Billy Sims Barbecue Free Meals for Vets
Billy Sims restaurants nationwide will give away a free pulled pork sandwich, a regular side and a collectors cup to veterans and active duty service people in honor of Veterans Day on Friday. Guests taking advantage of this promotion must show an ID card, veterans card or be in uniform to receive their free meal. For more information, call 918-919-4633.
Peoria Tribe Veterans Day Service
The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma will hold its annual Veterans Day Memorial Service to honor tribal veterans, as well as all veterans, on Friday. The service will be at the Peoria Tribal Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Winston “Cap” Ulrey of Quapaw. Ulrey and his wife of 47 years, Laraine, have lived in Quapaw since 1979. He is a proud member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma and an active member of the Native American community. His military service began in 1964 with the United State Navy. After two years of service, Ulrey was deployed to Vietnam for a one year tour of duty from 1966-1967. In 1970, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving his country 10 more years. Ulrey was stationed in Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, The United Kingdom (Great Britain), while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Tribal members, families and friends are invited to attend the event. For additional information, please call the tribal office at 918-540-2535.
Shawnee Tribe Veteran Appreciation Lunch
The Shawnee Tribe would like to cordially invite all American Veterans to join the celebration of “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” with a free lunch, giveaways, raffles and fellowship. The celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Shawnee Tribe’s Community Building, 108 S. Eight Tribe’s Trail in Miami. We salute our veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a greater cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our nation. For more information, contact Tena Booth at 918-542-7232 or Peyton Westmoreland at 918-542-1873.
Quapaw Tribe Reception Honoring Veterans
The Quapaw Tribe would like to invite the public and all veterans to a come and go reception honoring all veterans. The reception will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Quapaw Tribe Museum, 905 Whitebird Street in Quapaw. Cookies and punch will be served. Please call Karen Hildreth at 918-542-1853, ext. 1004 with any questions.
Wyandotte Veterans Day Gourd Dance
The Wyandotte Nation will host a gourd dance and luncheon in honor of tribal veterans and veterans. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Wyandotte Nation Cultural Center. A lunch of beans and cornbread will be provided. Host Gourd Group is the Wandat Gourd Dancers and Head Singer is Gene Ortner.