TAHLEQUAH — Whether it is a service medal or a photo of a uniformed soldier, Cherokee Nation officials want to honor Cherokee veterans by showcasing military artifacts and memorabilia. Veterans or families who are interested in contributing items are invited to a reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center, which will be home to the iconic pieces. The event is hosted by Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Principal Chief Joe Crittenden.
"The Veterans Center is hallowed ground at the Cherokee Nation tribal complex," said Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran. "We are sharing our tribe’s rich military history and commitment when we display mementos and personal keepsakes of our brave men and women. …"
The 7,700-square-foot Veterans Center houses veteran assistance and benefit offices, a kitchen, a community room, a library and a museum.
For more about contributing an item to the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center, call 918-384-7863. The Veterans Center is located just east of the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah.