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October 7, 2012

Lt. Gov. Lamb featured speaker at Veteran’s Day

CLAREMORE — Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb will be the featured speaker of the U.S. flag retirement ceremony and grand marshal of the 7th Annual Claremore Veteran’s Day parade Nov. 9. 

“We’re very excited about this years ceremony and parade,” said event chairman, Jim Smith of Musgrove-Merritt-Smith Funeral Service. “We moved the event to Friday so that school bands and students will be able to participate in both the ceremony and parade.”
The United State flag retirement ceremony will be at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in downtown Claremore at 5th Street and J.M. Davis Blvd. 
The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry along with State Sen. Sean Burrage and State Rep. Marty Quinn will also be on the program. 
The Claremore High School R.O.T.C. unit and the Inola High School R.O.T.C. unit will conduct the ceremony. 
KTUL-TV is scheduled to broadcast live parts of the ceremony. 
“The ceremony is an especially moving one,” stated Smith. “I would encourage parents to bring their children for this patriotic event.”
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and beginn at the EXPO Center and travel east down Will Rogers Blvd., ending at the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Any group that would like to enter the parade should call parade committee member Bill Richey at (918) 829-9610.
“The 2012 parade looks like the largest one ever,” Smith said. “We’re having a marching band contest with the cash prizes and trophies for first and second place for large and small bands.
“Wal-Mart employees will be handing out U.S. flags, there will be a huge group of classic cars and several veterans’ groups will have units in the parade,” he said. “The parade, the third largest of its kind in the state will last about an hour.”

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