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.”
An Enid native, Lamb played football at Louisiana Tech University, then returned to Oklahoma earning a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. In 1993, Lamb worked in the office of Governor Frank Keating until 1998. Lamb then became a Special Agent with the United State Secret Service.
He was elected president of his Secret Service Academy class and graduated with special recognition.
His duties included domestic and international protection assignments during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
Lamb was elected to his first term in the Oklahoma Senate in 2004, he was re-elected without opposition in 2008. In 2009 he became the first Republican Majority Leader in state senate history.
In 2010, Lamb was elected Lt. Governor.
He currently serves as Treasurer of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association.
For more information about the flag retirement ceremony or the Veterans’ Day parade, call (918) 230-1155.