The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 11, 2013

Today's Memorial Wall dedication honors veterans

ENID, Okla. — Today is the day we honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have done so much to preserve our way of life.

It is Veterans Day, and we join the rest of the country in paying our respects to those who have served, and those currently serving, in our armed forces.

Without their sacrifices, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we have.

Today is a little extra special here in Enid, as the retired traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall that will have a permanent home at Enid Woodring Regional Airport will be dedicated during a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.

Getting the wall here was a labor of love. It was purchased from a Texas-based veterans group last December, and will have a permanent home adjacent to the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park.

Fundraising efforts in the community raised $250,000, which matched by an anonymous donation of $250,000, made up the $500,000 purchase price of the wall. The fundraising committee wound up raising more than $400,000 in all and received approximately another $125,000 to $150,000 in assistance in donated materials and labor.

Organizers expect 3,000 to 5,000 people at today’s ceremony.

Keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis, a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War who was shot down and held prisoner for 51⁄2 years in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” North Vietnamese prison, where he was held captive with Sen. John McCain and others.

Addition of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is just the latest example of how much Enid as a community cares for and honors our veterans.

We urge you to attend today’s ceremony, and if you can’t we urge you to go see the Vietnam Memorial Wall and Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park when you can.

Most importantly, we ask that you thank a veteran today for the sacrifices he or she made for you.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg State of the state: Things are not as good as they could be

    Draper wants to split Cali up into six separate states — Silicon Valley, around the San Francisco Bay Area; Central California, including cities like Bakersfield; West California, including Los Angeles and its suburbs; South California, including San Diego; North California, centered on Sacramento and Jefferson, in the far northern part of the state.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Voters have decisions to make in August races

    Democrats will have two runoffs to decide. One will be choosing their party’s nominee for state superintendent. Freda Deskin will face John Cox. The winner will face Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister in the November general election.
    The other race is for the party nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Jim Rogers will face Connie Johnson. The winner will face Republican nominee U.S. Rep. James Lankford in November.

    July 22, 2014

  • Going postal

    Waukomis residents have the opportunity to have their voices heard in regard to the future of their post office.

    July 22, 2014 1 Story

  • New dorm

    Breaking ground on a new dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid is another step in the evolution of the campus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Story

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Stars in our eyes

    We caught the vision when, in May of 1961, John F. Kennedy told Congress, and the world, that the space race was no longer to be so one-sided.
    “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up logo.jpg Thumbs up for northwest Okla. communities, where net taxable sales figures are up

    Net taxable sales were up $1,917,774 in Enid, when compared to sales reported in July 2013. The increase amounted to a 2.6 percent increase in sales tax revenue for the city.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patsy Sorrels.tiff The key to God’s storehouse is in the giving

    Point being, there are a lot of hungry people out there who need to be fed the Bread of Life, and He needs to be served with a smile and a discerning heart.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Christy col. use clip.jpg Water, water everywhere?

    As Americans, we have taken water for granted far, far too long. We assume it will always be there, when we turn on the tap.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff’s office, emergency management get new home

    The sheriff’s office and emergency management office will move in October or November to the former Grady Robbins Army Reserve Center on Oxford. The building has been unused since 2011 when the Armed Forces Reserve Center opened at Vance Air Force Base.

    July 18, 2014

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Airline passengers should not be casualties of war

    Nowhere in the flight attendants’ patter did the word “missile” appear, and the chance their gleaming Boeing 777 would be brutally slapped from the sky likely never even appeared even as a niggling doubt lurking in the darkest corners of the passengers’ minds.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads