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November 8, 2013

World War II veterans honored

NORMAN — More than 100 World War II Veterans were honored Friday at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Norman during an Operation 4G ceremony.

Giving to the Grounded Greatest Generation is a program for veterans who cannot make the Operation Honor Flights trip to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Each veteran entered the ceremony with a youth escort during the “Parade of Patriots;” were recognized by name, hometown and branch of service; participated in an exchange zone ceremony; and were given an OHF bag containing a hat, shirt, bracelet and a pictorial of the World War II Memorial titled “Jewel of the Mall.” 

The formal program ended with a mail call from area school children who wrote letters to the veterans thanking them for their service.

In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, the Norman Veterans Parade begins at 10 a.m. today. The parade will start at the First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., and end at the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial in the southwest corner of Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Harry “Bud” Wyatt III will serve as parade grand marshal and the keynote speaker at the memorial. Brigadier Gen. Gregory Ferguson will be the emcee.

The parade will be about a quarter-mile long. Twenty-four complete units and about 95 vehicles of various assortment — from military to civilian — will participate.

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