The City of Broken Arrow broke ground Monday on a new facility that will give veterans groups in the city a space to meet.
The new armed forces hall will be on Main Street next to Veteran's Park and will have offices, meeting spaces and a catering kitchen.
They city said they talked with different organizations who will all use the space during the design process. The groups include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, Vietnam Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Blue Star Mothers. The building is being paid for by a 2018 voter approved bond.
Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond said as a veteran himself, it's needed for veteran groups to have a place to meet in town.
"My father was in Normandy on D-Day during World War II, my son served in Afghanistan, I served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam war,” Thurmond said. “So it’s something when you start thinking about the service people are giving to our country and it’s important for them to have a space to meet.”
The city is working with those groups on a name for the hall. The building is scheduled to be completed in August 2021.