ENID, Okla. — Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park will be recognized by Oklahoma Museums Association for its work in education and outreach.
Oklahoma Museums Association announced its annual award recipients in a press release, and the honorees will be recognized during the OMA annual conference Sept. 18-20 at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.
“The awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by members throughout the state,” according to the press release. “Also, the program recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions have impacted Oklahoma museums and the museum profession.”
OMA awards recognize achievements from the past 18 months in the categories of conservation, exhibits, promotional pieces, publications, outreach or education programs and technology media.
The awards celebration and dinner is at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased before Aug. 23 online using the registration button found at OKMuseums.org.
Elaine Johns, executive director of Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, said the award recognizes the park’s efforts, especially at M.L. Becker Educational Center, to educate new generations about veterans’ sacrifices.
“The primary goal of our Veterans Park is to reflect the veterans journey: life before, during and after service,” Johns said. “Veterans need rebirth and healing. The park provides that.”
Johns said the park is especially needed for veterans of Vietnam, many of whom still feel they were never welcomed home.
“The veterans who served during this period were not always treated with the dignity and respect they deserved while serving our country and ensuring our freedoms,” Johns said. “This monument will offer them a place of remembrance and healing. It is located in a place which allows reverence and quiet solitude.”
For more information about Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, visit their Facebook page or call (580) 233-4530.