The Town of Langston City has been designated as a Regional Site for Veterans Day Observance for six consecutive years by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Langston is one of 33 designated sites across the country in 25 states, and one of only two in the State of Oklahoma this year. The Veterans Day National Committee reviews submissions nationwide from sites as “best fitting tributes” to Veterans. This year’s Veterans Appreciation and Veterans Day Observance events will be held in Langston on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6, and Friday, Nov. 11.
The Fred Gragg Veterans Appreciation Luncheon will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Langston University Wesley Foundation Center, 777 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Langston. The featured Veteran Keynote Speaker will be, former Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Merline LeDay-Mauney of Lawton, Oklahoma. The winning 2022 Veterans Appreciation Essay(s) will be read, and this year’s Veterans Appreciation Art Contest submissions will be displayed and judged by a select group of Veterans. The Luncheon will feature a “Community-wide Chili Cook-Off Buffet and a Great Cake Bake-Off Dessert Table. A “50/50 RAFFLE” will also be held. All funds raised at this event will be donated to the Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens for future expansion and maintenance.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (NHMBC), 222 N.E. Hale Street, Langston, OK will host its “The 9th Annual Veterans Appreciation Worship Service” at 11 a.m. This year’s Sermon will be delivered by Rev. Maurice Franklin, a retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. Following the Worship Service, Sunday Dinner will be served for our Veterans and their Families in the NHMBC Fellowship Hall.
The official Veterans Day Observance will begin with a Coffee and Pastries Reception at 10 a.m. at the Wm Conrad Veterans Memorial Gardens, 313 Turner Street Langston, OK, weather permitting; the alternative site will be NHMBC. The formal ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. with the theme “HONOR.” LTC Casey W. Campbell, the Commander of the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be the Keynote Speaker. An Active-Duty Military Honor Guard will present the Colors; Music will be provided by a U.S. Army Bugler, and The Langston University Concert Ensemble. A special presentation will be made by The Red Cross and a Special Recognition of a local Veteran will also be made.
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 and 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.