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July 11, 2013

Honey Springs Memorial service set for Saturday

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Honey Springs Battlefield.

The service will take place in the shaded area near the monuments, and the commemoration will include participants representing both union and Confederate units and recognition by officials of the National Park Service of the battlefield.

“This is an especially significant year for the gathering,” Christopher Price, director of the 1863 battlefield, said in a media release. “Because the commemoration is being held very near the exact date of the 150th anniversary of the largest Civil War conflict in Indian Territory.”

Price emphasized that citizens of all ages are invited to share this historic moment in history.

Following the time of remembrance, lunch will be served by Friends of Honey Springs, assisted by volunteers from the Katy Depot. Next will be the yearly business meetings of directors and members of friends. It is expected that the day’s program will conclude about noon.

The current exhibit in the Checotah’s Towry Building’s Mini-Museum features numerous items reflecting the upcoming memorial service. The displays were planned by the staff of Checotah Chamber of Commerce and from the Battlefield.

Plans are underway for a series of events during the months leading up to the full reenactment of the battle on Nov. 9-10. A special school day has been set for Nov. 8 for area students.

The reenactment is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, owner of the property, the Checotah Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Honey Springs.

Information: (918) 473-5572 or (918) 473-2070.

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