Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

May 28, 2014

New generation of veterans needed to keep tradition alive

TAHLEQUAH — As it always does, Tahlequah played host to a beautiful ceremony for Memorial Day at the city’s cemetery. Those who have attended here and elsewhere have commented in the past on how well-organized and emotionally charged the local event is, in comparison to those held elsewhere.

That’s because of the very active membership we have in the Cherokee County Veterans Council. The groups that come together to pay tribute to the military are American Legion Posts 50 and 135 and their auxiliaries; the local Blue Star Mother Mothers of America Inc. chapter; Cherokee Capital Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31; Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 641; NSU ROTC; Sons of the American Legion Squadron 135; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3707 and auxiliary; and the associate member Vet Center of Tulsa.

Cherokee County has long boasted an active community of veterans and their spouses. But members of these groups have said, from time to time, that they wish younger veterans would get more involved. They don’t want their cherished organizations falling by the wayside.

Last year, the Press published another such feature, and we interviewed Tony O’seland, who is the past commander of the American Legion Post 135. Tony is very active in this organization, and will be more than happy to connect young veterans with any groups they’d like to join. He’s on Facebook, as indeed are most of the organizations listed above. John Reid III and Nelda Littlejohn are commander and president of the American Legion Post 50 and its auxiliary, respectively. They can be contacted via P.O. Box 562, Tahlequah, Okla. 74465.

These fine organizations aren’t just a means of connecting veterans and their families for social reasons. They can also help veterans find vital services to which they are entitled.

The Press has long supported veterans’ causes, and we’ve always helped with outreach when asked to do so. We believe it’s important to keep traditions alive – like the Memorial Day ceremony – and new generations of veterans are needed to make this happen. If you’ve served, we urge you to reach out today.

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