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November 3, 2013

Oktaha organizes veterans parade

Full day of activities planned

Oktaha is adding an event to its history.

A Veterans Day Parade featuring the award-winning Oktaha High School Marching Band will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cemetery Drive.  

“It’s not just a parade, it’s a day of honoring the veterans,” said Pat Davis, a member of the American Legion.

Also planned for the celebration are refreshments, a car show, and a chance to win a hog.

“We want to get the entire town involved, and we’re not holding back any punches,” said another Legionnaire, Lanny Cartwright.  

The parade has 21 entries, and more entries will be admitted until Wednesday. The hosts include the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 403, the City Council and former Mayor Rick Whittle. The parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Joshua M. Seals American Legion Post 403 received its permanent charter in August. The post is named in honor of Seals, a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2011.

The post has “grown very well from where we started ... and the Legion is here to stay,” said Cartwright, a Marine Corps veteran.

After the parade, the celebration will continue at town hall. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee, and soda will be served. There will be a moon bounce and other children’s activities.

The car and motorcycle show will start around noon to 1 p.m. at the Oktaha Eazy Mart just off U.S. 69. The Legionnaire and Auxiliary members, wearing red, white, and blue hats, will be stationed at different spots to direct people or answer questions.

The Gospel Church of Oktaha is selling tickets to win a hog. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of new carpet for the church. Checotah Processing will process the hog for free.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Oktaha Veterans Day Parade.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Beginning at Cemetery Drive, south on Beman Street, west on Prairie Avenue to South Main Street, south to Washington Street.

INFORMATION: Lanny Cartwright, (918) 687-1861 or Becky Alexander, (918) 577-5865.

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