ENID, Okla. — The annual Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park Memorial Day ceremony will start 10 a.m. Monday at 1026 S. 66th.
Woodring Wall of Honor (WWOH) is celebrating 18 years of serving area veterans this year, including commemorating the 190 Oklahoma service members who have died on active duty since 2000, according to a WWOH press release.
Elaine Johns, WWOH executive director, said the annual ceremony is an important opportunity to remember veterans and “fallen heroes.”
“It is our desire at the Woodring Wall of Honor to be civilian ambassadors for our armed services,” Johns wrote in a press release. “We are striving today to continue the strong support that Enid shows its military service members.”
The Memorial Day ceremony will be emceed by state Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, and will include a welcome message by Enid mayor Bill Shewey, a flag presentation by the Kiowa Blag Leggings Warrior Society and the national anthem and entertainment by Bailey Terry, a student soloist from First Baptist Church of Enid.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will give the keynote address for the ceremony, and state Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, will present commendations to the family of a fallen soldier.
State Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, will recognize new names added to the veterans’ living walls in the Veterans Park, and will host a name placement ceremony on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Following the name placement ceremony, a bell ceremony will take place, tolling 31 times to remember Oklahoma’s missing in action service members from Vietnam and a playing of taps by Johnny Greer, a graduate of Pioneer High School.
After the ceremony, the North Enid Lions Club and Wounded Warriors of Oklahoma will host a free barbecue lunch for veterans and their families.
Tours of the M. L. Becker Educational Center and the A-26 Lady Liberty, a vintage World War II aircraft, also will be available after the Memorial Day ceremony.
Blue Star Mothers and Vietnam Veterans Post 940 are organizing the event with Woodring Wall of Honor.
For more information, contact Johns or WWOH volunteers at (580) 233-4530.