OKMULGEE, Okla. — Muscogee Nation Veterans Affairs Services recognized over 400 Mvskoke veterans around the reservation.
According to MCN VASO Office Operations Officer Rachel Riddle, approximately 433 signs were distributed to six different locations. Each sign honored an individual veteran.
Other locations included the clinics in Sapulpa, Coweta, Okemah, Eufaula, and the Council Oak Comprehensive Center in Tulsa.
Volunteers helped distribute signs on Wednesday Nov. 8 and picked them up the following Monday.
The signs are purchased and stored by the MCN VASO by request. Individuals can purchase their own sign for $10 to keep.
On Thursday Nov. 9, the department hosted their monthly coffee and donuts from 9 a.m to noon.
The Mvskoke Nation Honor Guard held an annual Veterans Ceremony at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Complex Veterans Memorial on Nov. 10 in Okmulgee.
During the short ceremony, the honor guard saluted the flag and presented a gun salute in memory of fallen soldiers. It also honored veterans and active duty service members.
“It’s an honor to honor our veterans today,” MCN VASO Director Grover Wind said. “We ought to be honoring our veterans every day.”
Wind said he is glad to see the crowd size increase over the years and hopes to see an even bigger increase in years to come.
Second Chief Del Beaver expressed gratitude to those who served and to those who are willing to serve.
“That’s what serving is about,” Second Chief Beaver said. “Thank you to those who are willing to lay down their life for the freedoms we all enjoy.”
The Este Cate Hoktvke Suletawv (Mvskoke Womens Honor Guard) represented the Nation at the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 10.
For more information on veterans services provided by the nation, visit creekva.org.