The Town of Langston City, the Langston City Chamber of Commerce, and Langston University will partner with the Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens to ceremoniously open this renowned facility on October 1, 2022. The Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens is located at 313 Turner Street in Langston.
A Coffee and Pastries morning reception will begin at 10:30 a.m. The official Dedication is scheduled to commence at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Veterans Memorial Gardens will host an Open House until 3:00 p.m. where Veterans, Special Guests, friends, and residents can tour the facility, talk to the Founders and Trustees, and Veterans can take individual and group photographs at the circular Gardens designated for their particular Branch of Service. The events and a lite Lunch will be open to the general public and free of charge.
The Dedication will be an opportunity to HONOR a Gold Star Family and three outstanding local Veterans. The speakers at the Dedication will express the significance and importance of this venue. They will include:
A Purple Heart Recipient, Vietnam War Veteran who was born and raised in the Town of Langston.
A former Marine, resident of Bartlesville who spearheaded the dynamic annual “Veterans Appreciation Luncheon” that has provided financial support to this Veterans Memorial Gardens from 2016 to date;
A Stillwater-based, Vietnam War U.S. Marine Captain who honored the men he lost in war by sponsoring the Marine Corps Circular Garden, as well as purchasing Military IDs for each of his men for display at this Gardens; and,
The man with the most recognized name in the State of Oklahoma for his phenomenally successful efforts in helping Veterans obtain the VA benefits which are due to them.
In 2011, what was once just a thought, an idea of how he might want to recognize and honor military veterans and their service has now evolved into the very real and impressive Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens. Since those initial thoughts, Mr. Stewart A. Williams, “In honor of all who served” Founder/Developer and a veteran himself, has worked tirelessly to find a way for so many others, like himself, to honor our veterans of military service. A gracious thought, a big idea, is now befittingly embodied in this place of respect and honor, worthy of the sacrifice of all veterans, and specifically in honor of veterans from our surrounding local communities. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 4, 2015. Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs have been held annually at the venue, weather permitting.
To learn more about the activities of the Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens, visit the Facebook page “Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens.”
For more information on the Dedication/Open House, upcoming programs, or ways to donate for the upkeep and expansion of this devoted space, contact Stewart A. Williams, Founder/Developer at email@example.com or by mail at PO Box 27 Langston, Oklahoma 73050.
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