Across the metro, communities host parades and other special events to honor our military and the sacrifices made for our freedoms, making for opportunities to teach your children the importance of honoring those who serve.
FREE Let Freedom Ring! A Musical Salute to Our Veterans at Petree Recital Hall (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a variety of patriotic music with guest artist, Rachal Barnard, a color guard and special presentation of the Armed Forces Salute. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dedication Ceremony for World War II–Era C-47 at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features a ceremony to dedicate the aircraft at the Veterans Memorial. Five panels detailing the story of this national World War II treasure will be featured during the dedication ceremonies. 9 – 10 a.m.
Veterans Day Ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features a presentation by by retired Major General Rita Aragon and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, a color guard and live music by the 145th Army Band. Afterwards, attendees can tour the museum before or after the ceremony, including the special exhibit Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam. Free with admission. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Veterans Day Celebration in Blachard (Main St, Blanchard) features high school marching bands and cheer squads, the Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard, the Navy Honor Guard and the Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard, as well as numerous Shriners’ units. 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 10 & 11
Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial, Sulphur) features a special stomp dance honoring veterans, films in the Anoli’ theater and FREE admission to the exhibit center for active military and veterans and a special discount in the Aaimpa Cafe. Admission required to exhibit center for non-military attendeesThe films are: Lincoln at 10:30 a.m. and Pearl Harbor at 1 p.m. Activities: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Veterans Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium (300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks). Veterans and active military service personnel presenting valid military ID will receive complimentary admission into the aquarium. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $11.95; kids (2 & under), free. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FREE Norman’s Veteran’s Day Parade & Memorial Ceremony at Reaves Park (Jenkins Ave, Norman) features a parade and ceremony to honor those who have served our country. The parades begins at the OU Stephenson Research Center on Jenkins and ends at Reaves Park. Parade, 1:30 p.m.; Memorial Ceremony at Reaves Park, 2:30 p.m.
Beyond Glory at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features the stories of eight veterans from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, rendering firsthand accounts of the actions which resulted in each of them receiving the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The production is rated PG-13 due to adult situations and language. $15-$40. 2 p.m.
FREE Canadian County Veterans Parade & Celebration in Downtown El Reno (206 W Bickford, El Reno) features a parade, live re-enactment of the Iwo Jima Memorial, movies, a concert, poker run and more. Veterans and those serving will board the Heritage Express Trolley at the Canadian County Historical Museum and be Grand Marshals for the parade. Free to attend. 3 p.m.
Veterans Day Parade in Midwest City (SE 15th St & Reno Ave, Midwest City) features marching bands, military personnel and equipment, Shriner’s and more. 10 a.m.
FREE Annual Veterans Day Celebration at the 45th Infantry Division Museum (2145 N.E. 36th St) features a loud salute provided by a World War II anti-tank gun followed by a performance by the 145th Army Band, a guest speaker and a beautiful Massing of the Colors. 10 a.m.
FREE Moore Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park (1900 SE 4th St, Moore) features a special ceremony honoring the sacrifice of America’s finest veterans, civilians, and their families- past, present, and future. 10 a.m.
Venues offering free admission for veterans:
- Oklahoma City Zoo – free admission to all active duty, active reserves and retirees on Veteran’s Day. Military ID or proof of service is required.