The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Honor Guard, accompanied by Director of Tribal Veterans Affairs Galen Greenwalt, attended the 4th National Gathering of American Indian Veterans last weekend, July 20-22. The Gathering was held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. The event began with a welcome dinner and recognition of all veterans present. Special recognition was given to Saginaw Grant, a well-known Sac & Fox actor and a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.
Rex Hailey, commander of the Seminole Nation Honor Color Guard, brought four of his members to participate in the various events, discussions, circles and sessions, as well as the posting and retiring of colors each day. The Gathering is held on the grounds of Cantigny Park, on land donated by the McCormick Foundation in honor of the famous World War I battle site at Cantigny, France. This was the first major battle of the war for the U.S. Army, and the 4,000 American soldiers defeated the Germans to re-capture the town of Cantigny.
Included in the weekend was a visit to the Trickster Native Culture Gallery, where Native American artwork and many artifacts are on display, along with an array of military memorabilia from Native American veterans. At this event, there were representatives from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, and the Seminole Nation Honor Guard has been invited to the grand unveiling of the new Native American Veterans monument which will be held in November of 2020.