Bridenstine to speak at Memorial Day ceremony May 27

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Observance Program for the 45th Anniversary of the Avenue of Flags at Floral Haven Cemetery on May 27.

At 10 a.m., the program will begin with the raising of the newly donated veterans’ flags. The ceremony will conclude with the family members of those veterans who’s casket flags have been donated in the last year raising them for the first time on the grounds, assisted by JROTC cadets.

Next is the “Changing of the Guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier.” Members of the Starbase Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will re-enact this solemn ceremony 24 hours a day (every half hour during the daytime and every hour at night) beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Many of these cadets have undergone special training with the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

The reading of the Honor Roll will be Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The names of all of the veterans buried at Floral Haven during this past year will be read over the Veterans Field Carillon Tower.

Floral Haven is at 6500 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow. The events are free and open to the public.