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February 28, 2013

Sparks seeks nominations for Oklahoma Gold Star Medal

NORMAN — Sen. John Sparks is asking his constituents for help in nominating members of state or federal military forces who qualify to be awarded the Oklahoma Gold Star Medal. 

According to law, the Oklahoma Gold Star Medal is to be awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces who voluntarily performed a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice during combat after Sept. 11, 2001, that resulted in the loss of his or her life in the line of duty. 

Sparks is asking constituents to ensure that all military members who qualifies for the honor are given the recognition they deserve.

“We have a duty to honor the men and women who have fought and died to defend freedom,” said Sparks, D-Norman.  “The Oklahoma Gold Star Medal gives us a chance to memorialize soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Their families and loved ones should know they are never forgotten.”

To receive the honor, the fallen soldier must have been born in Oklahoma or be a resident of the state at the time of their death or entry into military service.  Each recipient of the honor must be nominated by a member of the state Legislature and approved by the Adjutant General of Oklahoma.

“I encourage constituents to contact my office with information regarding eligible nominees for this honor,” Sparks said.  “This is an important expression of gratitude for the men and women who put their lives on the line.  They represent the very best of Oklahoma.”

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