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Veterans Day Celebration
November 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Edmond History Museum is hosting Edmond’s 3rd annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 11th, 2023 at 4:30-6pm.
The ceremony will begin at 4:30, followed by the opportunity to visit veteran-related booths and time to view museum exhibits. This event is free, no registration required.
Event speakers include Rex Ice with the Edmond American Legion Post #111, Deric Duncan with the Edmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4938, and Edmond Mayor Darrell Davis. The National Anthem will be performed by Alicia Vanderschaaf and the Service Medley sung by the Edmond Community Chorale. Edmond North Jr. ROTC will do the Presentation of Colors.
The event is under the direction of Retired Colonel Mustafa “Kujo” Koprucu, with support from the City of Edmond, Downtown Edmond Business Association, and community leaders.
The Edmond Veterans Day Celebration was created in 2021 by Craig & Stephanie Brudzinski and David & Stephanie Carel to commemorate Edmond veterans.
“Veterans hold a special place in our hearts. We wanted to create a tradition for our community in the downtown area and involved leaders from the military and our city to plan this event,” said Stephanie Carel, whose husband, David, served as a combat medic in the Oklahoma National Guard for 21 years.
This year’s event will be hosted indoors at the Edmond History Museum, since the event faced weather challenges in its first two years. “The museum is housed in Edmond’s first armory, built for the 179th Infantry, 45th Division—so it’s an appropriate venue,” said Amy Stephens, museum director. “I also encourage attendees to visit our exhibit, Love, Leo Messages & Mementos From the Pacific, featuring letters and memorabilia mailed home during WWII by Edmond soldier, Leo Richard.”
Information booths at the event include: Edmond VFW, Edmond American Legion, Neptune Society, Cordelia Steen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and Oklahoma National Guard Family Programs services.