Help Needed

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Group needs public help in identifying Wynnewood veterans’ graves---
News Release 11/13/2017

There are nearly 600 veterans buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood. Wynnewood’s other two cemeteries, Hopewell and Oak Grove have another 80 or more veterans. However, many grave markers don’t indicate the person buried there is a veteran.
The Wynnewood Historical Society (WHS) is asking for help in adding the names and information on veterans not currently in the lists it has on the three cemeteries.
A form is available from the WHS for family or friends to give needed information so these veterans can be acknowledged when flags and wreaths are placed in the future.

A notebook containing lists of known veterans buried in Wynnewood’s three cemeteries: Hopewell, Oak Grove and Oaklawn, is available for viewing at the Veterans Memorial in the Eskridge Hotel Museum, 114 E. Robert S. Kerr Blvd., Wynnewood, OK.  

National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, Dec. 16.  Ceremonies will take place at all three cemeteries for Wynnewood this year.  Oaklawn’s ceremony will be at 11 a.m., Hopewell‘s at 11:45 and Oak Grove’s at 12:30 p.m.    Oaklawn Cemetery will also have placing of individual live wreaths on veterans graves.  These are sponsored by donations from individuals and businesses.   

Novemeber 22 is the deadline for wreath sponsor forms for Oaklawn Cemetery to be turned in to the WHS to be included in this year’s ceremony.

National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 – is a free event and open to ALL people. For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.


Veterans Memorial re-opens

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There was a steady stream of visitors to the re-opening of the Veterans Memorial in the Eskridge Hotel Museum on Saturday, November 11.  Some attending were from as far away as Colorado.

With photos for all but one of the 208 veterans listed in the new exhibit, some visitors took the time to read about them all.  Others were there to see photos and information specific to their family members. Artifacts on display from World War I and World War II added another dimension and interest to the Memorial.  

A notebook containing lists of known veterans buried in Wynnewood’s three cemeteries: Hopewell, Oak Grove and Oaklawn was available for viewing at the Memorial.  There were forms available to add other Wynnewood veterans’ information to these lists. Other information available during the re-opening of the Veterans Memorial included:  Wreaths Across America Day and the Oklahoma Humanities magazine.  Its latest issue is on Vietnam.

If you missed this event, there are other scheduled dates for the viewing of the Veterans Memorial and to enjoy the many decorated Christmas trees in the lobby and dining room of the old hotel.
The Eskridge Hotel Museum, first floor only, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 1;Thurs., Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 8 and Fri., Dec. 15. Other times may be scheduled by appointment by leaving a message at 405-896-0920.


Veterans Exhibit Set to Open

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This Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a national holiday in the United States to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the men and women in our military.  The courage and sacrifice of our military veterans should never be forgotten. 

This week, The Wall That Heals is being hosted at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.  This is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  It is approximately 250 feet in length and lists the names of the more than 58,000 service members killed during the Vietnam War.  The names are arranged chronologically by date of casualty, so that those who died together may be forever linked.  The Wall That Heals and its accompanying mobile Education Center will be open 24 hours a day beginning Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m.  The opening ceremony will be Thursday, November 9 at 11 a.m.  It is free and open to the public.

A new exhibit, “Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam” opened this week and will be on display for two years.  The exhibit looks at more than the historic events that occurred during the war.  It will explore the impact of the war on Oklahoma families, as told through the stories of the young men and women who served their country in the armed services, and the immigrant families who fled Vietnam and came to Oklahoma seeking freedom and opportunity.  Go to www.okhistory.org to learn more about the exhibit.

You have an additional chance to show your appreciation and gratitude.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 is National Wreaths Across America Day.
Gather with us to remember our fallen, honor those who serve and teach younger generations the value of freedom.

Join us at Oaklawn Cemetery, Wynnewood, OK at 11 a.m. to lay wreaths on the headstones of our hometown heroes.

“Remember this….In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time.  Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

A donation of $15 places a live wreath at Oaklawn and other participating cemeteries.  Make checks payable to Wreaths Across America. Wreaths may also be ordered online at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.