This Veteran’s Day Weekend in Enid will be different than most. In fact, this is quite possibly a historic moment for honoring our Veterans, not only in Enid, but Oklahoma. The events include a “Ride to Remember,” “The Legacy Awards Ceremony,” the long awaited dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Woodring Airport, a poker run, and a concert.
Ride to Remember
It all starts on Saturday with the “Ride to Remember.” The 100-mile Ride to Remember the fallen of Oklahoma from the Vietnam era. Riders will receive a free t-shirt, personalized dog tags and certificate for riding in honor of all 990 veterans. Hosted by the Moose Lodge 1740 and the Woodring Wall of Honor.
Registration begins at 8:30 am and a special Carry the Flame Ceremony will be held at ‘The Wall” before the ride. The 10 am ride travels throughout NW Oklahoma, stopping at various veterans monuments. They also have a stop at Hajek Motorsports Museum in Ames. The ride ends at the Moose Lodge. The ride is open to anyone in any type of vehicle and is not just limited to motorcycles.
People interested in riding in tribute ride can pre-register at www.getmeregistered.com or get additional information at 580-233-4530.
The Legacy Awards
On Sunday evening, November 10th at 6:30 p.m., at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, a Legacy Award Ceremony will celebrate the service of our past and present military and honor the youth of today. The Woodring Wall of Honor will host the award ceremony to pay tribute to their volunteers, the winners of the youth patriotic poster/essay contest and honor five area Veterans of the Year.
The keynote speaker will be Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis, author of the award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton in which he shares his POW experience at the Hanoi Hilton and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive and return with honor.
Tickets are available for $30 for the floor/banquet seating which begins at 6:30 p.m. or $15 for general admission, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Woodring Wall of Honor’s Vietnam Memorial Wall Retirement and Dedication Ceremony
A traveling 80-percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC has been retired to a permanent home at the Woodring Regional Airport in Enid, Okla. A dedication ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Woodring Wall of Honor will be held at 11 am on Veterans Day – Monday, November 11, 2013.
The keynote speaker will be Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis, author of the award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton in which he shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive and return with honor.
The dedication ceremony will also include Grammy-nominated trumpeter David Hooten, a 21-gun salute and special music from a youth honor choir. Ashton Edwards, a reporter from KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Immediately following the dedication ceremony, attendees will be able to search the wall for specific names, assisted by the Blue Star Mothers Chapter of Enid, Okla.
FACTS ABOUT THE WALL
- The wall is 80 percent the size of the original in Washington, D.C., but still is more than 380 feet long and 8 feet high at its tallest point, made of anodized aluminum.
- It contains the names of 58,286 people who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. More than 900 Oklahoma men are listed on the wall, 16 of the names are of Enid men.
Col. Ellis’ press secretary, Nicholas Thimmesch, has worked with the Colonel for several years, and he calls the Enid dedication ceremony “A national event, a national story.” Thunder Roads Magazine, one of the nation’s leading motorcycle magazines, features The Wall on the cover of its November regional edition, and event organizers are expecting several thousand visitors will descend on Enid for Monday’s ceremony. The event is free to the public.
Vietnam Memorial Wall Dedication Poker Run
The General Aviation and Motorcycle poker run will begin immediately following the Woodring Wall of Honor’s Memorial Wall Retirement and Dedication Ceremony. Poker hands are $25 each and contestants may purchase as many hands as they wish. High hand and low hand from both groups will win rides on a 1944 Douglas A26 Attack Bomber known as Lady Liberty.
This is a fundraiser for the Lady Liberty Sponsorship Group and is not associated with the events surrounding the Vietnam Memorial Wall. For more information, see http://www.A26LadyLiberty.com
Veterans Day concert featuring David Chamberlain
El Reno native David Chamberlain is an Army veteran, serving first in Germany and then in Iraq during Desert Storm. He is a country music singer and songwriter who has written such songs as “Freedom Don’t Come Free.” He will be performing several patriotic songs in a tribute to Veterans everywhere.
The concert will be in the hangar where the A-26 Lady Liberty is housed at the Woodring Regional Airport at 5pm, and all proceeds go toward Lady Liberty.