Choctaw Nation to Celebrate Veterans Day on Capitol Grounds

November 2, 2021

DURANT, Okla. - The Choctaw Nation will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, at the Tvshka Homma Capitol Grounds. The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will pay tribute to all military personnel who have served and are still serving in the U.S. military.

The annual ceremony draws approximately 1000 Choctaw members, veterans, and family members who gather to observe the holiday.

This year's program will include a guest speaker Colonel Michael F. Hammond, and a special ceremony inducting Choctaw Veteran and WWI hero, Private First Class Joseph Oklahombi into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.

PFC Joseph Oklahombi (1895-1960) is one of the most decorated war heroes from Oklahoma. He was one of 19 World War I Choctaw soldiers awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States, for his service as a Code Talker during World War I.

"I am proud to announce that we will be holding the Veterans Ceremony in person again this year," said Chief Gary Batton. "I think it's important to show our Choctaw veterans how much we appreciate them, and it's a privilege and honor to hold Joseph Oklahombi's Hall of Fame induction on our Choctaw Capitol Grounds."

For more information about the Choctaw Nation Veterans Day Ceremony or other veteran services, contact the Veterans Advocacy Program at [email protected] or visit www.choctawnation.com/tribal-services/member-services/veterans-advocacy.

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About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.