In 2014, the CPN Veterans Organization’s Color Guard had a busy year. We presented the colors for several parades and special events throughout Oklahoma. They included the Senior Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol, at the Grand Event Center, the Department of Human Services  Senior Day at Embassy Suites in Norman, Extreme Fight Inaugural Boxing Night at the FireLake Arena, the Wanette City Parade, Grand Entry for our annual Festival, the Shawnee City Parade, the Tecumseh Frontier Days Parade, the Inter-Tribal Gaming Commission Conference, the Inter-Tribal Health Conference, the Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Conference all at the Grand Event Center, the Wewoka Sorghum Days Parade and Holiday
Dinner at the North Reunion Hall.

Whew! A very busy year.

So far we have invitations for several events in 2015. We will provide the 21 gun salute for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee, Inter-tribal Emergency Management Conference at the FireLake Arena, Grand Entry for our annual Festival, the Vietnam Era Veterans Banquet at the Grand Event Center and the Multi-Tribal Powwow
at Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater.

So, CPN veterans are being well represented by our very busy Color Guard.

There has been a request for veteran stories for a “Legacies Project.” The nonprofit organization Historical Outreach Foundation has launched the Legacies Project, which is a database dedicated to the preservation and sharing of our nation’s veterans’ stories. Any active duty, veteran or family member is encouraged to help to tell these stories. The goal is to ensure that the future generations never forget these incredible histories. There is no charge to participate. To start preserving history or to donate, visit the Veterans Legacies website at

Don’t forget about our Vietnam EraVeterans Banquet 26 September 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Event Center, located at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Okla. Deadline for reservations is 15 July 2015. If you plan to stay at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort, be sure to make your reservation early and mention Vietnam Era Banquet for the discount. Call (405) 964-7777. 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. A meal is provided.