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Cherokee Holiday event honors Military Service

Cherokee Holiday event honors Military Service

August 26, 2011

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is hosting a reception to honor all service men and women at the 59th Cherokee National Holiday on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ Place Where They Play, 17091 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah.

Both a family and a cultural event, the annual reception has continued to grow over the years and includes displays honoring service men and women of various decades as well as those who have been lost during service to their country. Veterans from all eras and military branches are encouraged to attend and enjoy fellowship, refreshments and entertainment.

New this year, 20 Eastern Band Cherokees from Cherokee, N.C. will join Cherokee Nation’s Principal Chief in welcoming attendees. Special recognition will also be given to the 2011 Miss Cherokee, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council members, and state and federal dignitaries. The veterans and their families can also enjoy musical selections performed live by the Cherokee National Youth Choir and Christina Hanvey.

Representatives from the VA Regional Office in Muskogee, Jack C. Montgomery VA Hospital, and Fort Gibson National Cemetery will be on hand to answer questions and offer veterans benefits assistance at the reception. For more information contact Rogan Noble at 918-453-5695.

The Cherokee National Holiday, held annually over Labor Day weekend since 1953, commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Nation Constitution. With its exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world. The 59th Cherokee National Holiday is a smoke-free event. It is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation, a modern tribe of more than 300,000 citizens with its capital in Tahlequah, Okla. This year’s Holiday theme is “Jobs, Language and Community,” reflecting the Cherokee Nation’s emphasis on cultural and economic initiatives. For a full schedule of events and event locations for the Cherokee National Holiday, please call 918-453-5536 or visit holiday.cherokee.org.

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