Though it has passed, November is the month for Veterans. The time to remember, recognize them, and say thank you. The CPN Veterans Organization Color Guard had a big parade in Wewoka that combined the Veterans with their Sorghum Festival. I believe it was the largest parade we have ever marched in. It was great to see the thousands of people lining the street and yelling thank you to all of us veterans. People came up to us after the parade and shook our hands and said thank you personally. The interest in and respect of our veterans and active military members seems to be increasing among the American people. Every week I have at least one person thank me for my service.

My grandsons’ elementary school had a special Veterans Day program and they asked me, every day for the past month, to be sure to attend. So, I guess while I was obligated, I’m proud that they are learning the value of the sacrifices we have all made for our country and families. They are just now learning how to salute the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I hope that it never becomes forbidden. During our parade in Wewoka it was alarming how many people, among the thousands there, did not know to salute the flag or remove their hats. I guess some schools don’t feel it is important anymore.

Don’t forget we have our Vietnam War Era Veterans Memorial Banquet coming up in 2015. It is to honor the Citizen Potawatomi Nation men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam Era (5 August 1964 to 7 May 1975). Members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation who were in the military during that time and would like to attend this Memorial Banquet please contact:

CPN Veterans Organization 1601 South Gordon Cooper Drive Shawnee, OK 74801-9002

Remember the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome.

The December Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner/Meeting will be 9 December 2014. Migwetch!

Daryl Talbot, Commander