Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars District # Three Flag Raising Ceremony
Due to past storm damage the 12’ x 16’ garrison flag at the Kiamichi Valley War Memorial located in Talihina, Oklahoma was damaged beyond repair and the board who oversees and manages the memorial found that they did not have the funds to replace it.
Members of Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars, District #3 voted to assist in replacing the flag. After coordinating with board member Mr. Claude Perera, a replacement flag was found and a date for the donation to occur and to have a flag raising ceremony was set. Mr. Perera coordinated with the local Talihina veterans and disabled residents of the Talihina Veterans Center to come and participate.
The ceremony kicked-off at 10:00 am, 13 September 2016 at the memorial. Talihina Mayor Donnie Falkner welcomed the crowd and tanked everyone for coming out. District #3 members present were Commander Bud Milner, Spiro Post 4884 Commander Robert Carter, Spiro Post 4884 Sr. Vice Commander Marvail Lewis, Heavener Post 8403 Commander Freddie Bennett, Heavener Post 8403 Quartermaster/Adjutant Mike Kennerson, and VFW Member-at-Large Larry Ross.
Local residents Kay Whitson and Bonnie Worley were present. Mrs. Whitson was one of the founding members of the organization that created the memorial. Mrs. Worley is a retired Kiamichi Vo-Tech school teacher after 24 years of service. In 1982, her 4-H class had the project of building the base for the flag pole and the brick masonary seating bench in back of the pole.
The smaller flag was brought down while Talihina Public Schools Band Director Tim Washburn played “Lowering the colors”. VFW members then folded the flag and returned it to Larry Ross who had loaned the flag until a replacement for the garrison flag could be found. VFW members then assisted the Mayor in hoisting the Garrison flag, while Mr. Washburn played “Call to Colors”.
Spiro Post 4884 Sr. Vice Commander Marvail Lewis then lead all present in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Mayor closed the ceremony with a prayer for our troops serving today. #VFWPostPride
More photos of the event can be viewed and/or downloaded at https://www.facebook.com/HeavenerVfwPost8403/photos/?tab=album&album_id=840847566051646