Langston Community Memorial Day Observance

Veterans, their family members, and the general public are invited to join in observance of “those who gave the last full measure of dedication” to our nation. This Memorial Day tribute will take place Monday, May 30, 2022, at 11:00am at the Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens, located at 313 E. Turner Street in Langston, OK 73050.

Community residents and friends will salute America’s Fallen and their families with patriotic songs and prayers by Local Clergy. The formal address will be delivered by Mr. Marlon T. James — a retired Oklahoma National Guard Veteran, a distinguished US Department of Defense employee, a University Educator and Administrator, an exemplary Entrepreneur, and a dedicated Community Volunteer.

Currently, Mr. James holds a multi-title position as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Development, Langston University Foundation Board Executive Director, and Langston University OKC Campus Site Administrator. He serves as the senior manager for the fundraising unit and assisting the Vice President in maintaining day-to-day activities of the University. He works with the University President, as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Development. 

For this year’s Memorial Day Observance, the Mistress of Ceremony will be Evangelist Sandra D. Horton, a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Everett E. Mack, Sr. Pastor of New Hope will give the Invocation. The Town of Langston City’s Mayor Michael Boyles will bring the official greetings/welcome.

A lite Lunch will be served free of charge to all Veterans and their spouses and for a donation by all other guests for the ongoing development of the Veterans Memorial Gardens. Attendees are encouraged to observe any Covid-19 precautions with which they are comfortable, including wearing masks and social distancing during this event.

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. Veterans and the public is invited to the “GRAND OPENING AND DEDICATION” which will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

To make a Capital Campaign Pledge and/or purchase a Military ID Tag for your favorite Veteran(s), please email;  Send by US mail to PO Box 27 Langston, OK  73050; or call/text Founder/Developer Stewart A. Williams, at 405-359-8744.                                                                                                 


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