The Cherokee Nation will host a barbecue dinner for all veterans at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center this Labor Day weekend during the Cherokee National Holiday. To show appreciation for all those who served in the Armed Forces, the Cherokee Nation is hosting an open house of its new veterans center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 30. A reception dinner of barbecue and chicken will follow from 4-6 p.m. Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, a native veteran, will attend. The event is free. The veterans center is located just east of the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S Muskogee Avenue, in Tahlequah. For more information call at 918-453-5000 ext. 4166.
The $2 million veterans center, which was tribalally funded, features 25 pieces of military-themed artwork from American Indian artists and 16 display cases showcasing multiple Cherokee veterans' military regalia. There are a dozen other cases displaying vintage wartime newspapers and various memorabilia. Deputy Chief Crittenden said, "The Cherokee Nation continues to honor the sacrifice and service of our military veterans, so hosting this reception during our Cherokee National Holiday is just a small way that we can say thank you. It's also a great time of year to showcase all the programs and services that are provided in our new veterans center and beautiful artwork and memorabilia on display to honor them." The 8,700 square foot veterans center houses the Cherokee Nation veteran assistance and benefit offices and U.S. Veterans Affairs readjustment counselor. It features a community room, kitchen, and "Wall of Honor" entryway. Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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