Damp Day Doesn't Dampen Veterans Day Celebration


Thursday, November 11th 2010, 7:35 am
By: News On 6


NewsOn6.com

UNDATED --  The damp day didn't dampen the celebration of Oklahoma's finest. Thousands participated in Veterans Day events that saluted the men and women who have served our country.

"Dad started it in 1939 in Tulsa, and we haven't had a break with a McIntosh since then," WWII veteran Chinnubbie McIntosh said.

Winifred Dudley is a guest of honor this year.

"I think that we need to stop and think, if it had not been for WWII and the people and the military, we would be speaking a different language today," the parade marshal said.

In Claremore, local businesses passed out American flags to shower the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade with red, white and blue.

"This is probably the biggest one we've ever had. My dad's a veteran and my son served two stretches in Iraq, so I'm pretty proud," said Claremore business owner Steve Hahn.

Students from every school in Claremore either participated in or watched the parade.

"It's very important because I think that our troops have done a lot for us, and we need to salute them," said Jay Sanders, Claremore fifth grader.

The Veterans Day Assembly in Jenks allowed Dr. Richard Jadick to share his story of service.

Jadick was a Navy doctor who volunteered for duty in Iraq. He is credited with saving 30 lives in one battle by moving his medical tent to the front lines to treat the wounded more quickly.

"I was given a gift; I'm home. I was witness to amazing amounts of heroism, and we should never forget those acts," said Dr. Richard Jadick.

Young people are carrying that message forward.

"Without the sacrifice veterans make, we wouldn't have the freedom we have today. Our country exists because we fought a war," said Patrick Culp, Jenks sophomore.

You can share your message of thanks to our service men and women by posting them on our Facebook page.

At the VFW Post on 6th Street, veterans have been meeting up all day to reminisce. From Claremore to Tulsa and on to Jenks, Oklahomans honored our heroes and remembered the forgotten.

"Remember the Forgotten" is the theme of the 92nd Annual Veterans Day Parade in Tulsa. School children line the streets with flags waving, veterans wave to the crowd, and patriotism is unwavering at every corner.

Tulsa Veterans Day Parade

Chinnubbie McIntosh says Veterans Day is about remembering his family.

"There's dad, World War I," he said. He and his three brothers all served in World War II.

"So you can see my family gave their all for WWII," the veteran said.

And the parade is also a family affair for the Army Medical Corps veteran.

"Dad started it in 1939 in Tulsa, and we haven't had a break with a McIntosh since then," WWII veteran Chinnubbie McIntosh said.

Winifred Dudley is a guest of honor this year.

"I think that we need to stop and think, if it had not been for WWII and the people and the military, we would be speaking a different language today," the parade marshal said.

In Claremore, local businesses passed out American flags to shower the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade with red, white and blue.

"This is probably the biggest one we've ever had. My dad's a veteran and my son served two stretches in Iraq, so I'm pretty proud," said Claremore business owner Steve Hahn.

Students from every school in Claremore either participated in or watched the parade.

"It's very important because I think that our troops have done a lot for us, and we need to salute them," said Jay Sanders, Claremore fifth grader.

The Veterans Day Assembly in Jenks allowed Dr. Richard Jadick to share his story of service.

Jadick was a Navy doctor who volunteered for duty in Iraq. He is credited with saving 30 lives in one battle by moving his medical tent to the front lines to treat the wounded more quickly.

"I was given a gift; I'm home. I was witness to amazing amounts of heroism, and we should never forget those acts," said Dr. Richard Jadick.

Young people are carrying that message forward.

"Without the sacrifice veterans make, we wouldn't have the freedom we have today. Our country exists because we fought a war," said Patrick Culp, Jenks sophomore.

You can share your message of thanks to our service men and women by posting them on our Facebook page.