J.M. Davis museum hosts tribute to Oklahoma military
Staff Reports Claremore Progress
“Remembering Our Fallen” was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken. It honors the brave Oklahoma men and women who served this country following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Visit Claremore and the Friends of the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum will host the traveling exhibit starting Nov. 1 and will be on display until 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. “The opening of the exhibit at the museum on Nov. 1 is a great addition to the 75th Will Rogers Days Celebration.
The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum introduced the photo exhibit to Oklahoma which is on loan from Patriotic Productions of Omaha, Nebraska. Patriotic Productions is dedicated to honoring our military, including those who have died, while serving the United States of America.
“Remembering Our Fallen is a tribute to all of those who have died as a result of wounds suffered in a war zone, while in uniform, since 9-11-2001”, said Bill Williams, founder.
To honor Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, as well as honor and pay tribute to our sons and daughters who represent our state by serving our country and is humbling, to say the least”, said Tanya Andrews, executive director of Visit Claremore.
Claremore’s Veterans Day Parade will be Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. and will start at the Claremore Expo Center, and make its way through historic downtown. Following the parade the J.M. Davis Museum will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony at 12:25 p.m.
“The flag retirement ceremony is under the direction of the Claremore and Inola High School’s Junior ROTC program,” said J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum Executive Director Wayne McCombs. “It is a solemn and very moving ritual that will make you feel proud of the men and women who have served our country. I encourage parents to bring their children to the ceremony. It is a tremendous teaching opportunity.”
“Remembering Our Fallen” will be on display during the museum’s regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays during the winter months. Admission is free, donations are accepted.