A Tribute to Service
May 30, 1868 was the first Memorial Day celebration, almost 150 years ago. On Memorial Day, we come together to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives serving in the military. Visiting Oklahoma military museums and sites is one way to honor these fallen heroes and have some family fun. In addition to learning about Oklahoma’s rich military history, you will enjoy quality family-time and form new memories that will last a life time.
Below is a list of FREE military related events, museums, and sites:
This museum is home to one of the largest collection of military firearms. World War II artifacts are also on display. Other exhibits memorialize Oklahoma’s own military history. The museum is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. On Memorial Day, a special ceremony commemorating fallen military servicemen and women is planned. This ceremony begins at 10:00 on Monday, May 30, 2016.
The museum is conveniently located at 2145 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City. Admission is FREE.
Airmen and women are an important part of our military history. One way to honor those who have served in the Airforce is to teach children about careers in aviation, meet pilots, and watch a spectacular show of airmanship. You will find all this at the Sundance Airport. Pilots from across the nation will be performing airmanship and teaching about careers in aviation. The event opens at 9:30 a/m/ and the airshow at noon on May 28 & 29th.
The Sundance Airport is located at 13000 North Sara Road, Yukon, Oklahoma. Admission and parking is FREE.
Military Sites across Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Historical Society has preserved and restored several military sites that have shaped the history of our nation and state. Admission to all sites is FREE. With a brief road trip, you and your family can access this rich part of Oklahoma history. Enjoy your family outing by picnicking at the site and playing on the grounds. Check out our list of sites you can visit below.
Open from dawn to dusk, this 10-acre site is home to monuments and signage telling of the story of this historic civil war battlefield. It is located in Big Cabin, Oklahoma, which is a 2 ½ hour drive from Oklahoma City on the 1-44 East Turnpike. However, you can take the scenic route and avoid highway tolls.
Fort Gibson National Cemetery is a burial place for veterans ranging from those who served in the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. Nearby is Fort Gibson, a military post founded in 1824. Fort Gibson served as a starting point for military expeditions exploring the west, playing a key role in the westward expansion of the United States. It was also home to the army through the Reconstruction and the Indian War periods. Fort Gibson Landmark has been recently reopened, after undergoing extensive renovation. It is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cemetery is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be open on Memorial Day. Fort Gibson National Cemetery and Historic Landmark, located just past Muskogee, is a 2 hour drive from Oklahoma City.
Admission is FREE.
Located in Atoka, the museum covers the history of the Civil War in Oklahoma and the history of Atoka County. Unique features include a baby dinosaur skeleton, the 1830s Choctaw removal, a shootout between local lawman and Clyde Barrow, and homegrown talents Land Frost (a world champion bullrider) and Reba McEntire (entertainer). The cemetery is the only recognized Confederate cemetery in Oklahoma. Reaching the Atoka Museum and Confederate Cemetery is a 2 hour drive from Oklahoma City, southeast down Highway 77. There are no tolls.
Admission is FREE.
Oklahoma is home to several other important historical sites. For more information click HERE.
The ONIE Project team wishes each of our followers and their families a special Memorial Day. We pay special tribute to our fallen military heroes.