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Broken Arrow is a Veteran Friendly City

Updated: May 7

This Memorial Day experience what makes Broken Arrow a Veteran Friendly City. Broken Arrow is proud to be the largest Purple Heart city in Oklahoma. Experience the rich history and honor our military by taking a stroll through the eight memorials within Veterans Park, exploring the vast collection at the Military History Center, or joining us on Main Street to view the names and photos of local heroes displayed along our historic Main Street. Let's take the time to remember and thank those who have served our country.

Military History Center building
Military History Center

112 N Main St • 918-794-2712 • Website

The City of Broken Arrow offered the Center's current location on Main Street in the Rose District as a permanent home for a collection assembled by Col. Robert W. Powell in 2012. On November 11, 2014, the Center celebrated its first anniversary in its current location. Today, the collection has grown and is open to all who are interested in learning more about our nation's military history.

Each artifact in the collection holds the story of the person who used it in combat or in service of our nation, making it a hub of patriotism in Broken Arrow. Come visit and experience the rich history and honor of our military. Please note that the Center is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and major Federal Holidays, but open on Mondays during the summer months. Admission is $5.00 for adults, while members and children under 18 get in for free.

The Military History Center also now offers a drop box to retire worn or tattered flags. They will properly dispose of the flags in accordance with the United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, Section 8(k).

Military History Center flag retirement drop box

Veterans Park memorial statue
Veterans Park

1111 S Main St

Located in the heart of Broken Arrow, right on Main Street, Veterans Park is a symbol of the city's commitment to our veterans. The park is home to several memorials honoring the brave men and women who have served our country. These include:

  • War At Home Memorial: Veterans Lost to Suicide

  • American Patriot: Broken Arrow Veterans

  • Korean War Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • Blue Star Mothers

  • Gold Star Families

  • Women of War

  • LT. COL. Ernest Childers

Come visit and pay your respects to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Mission 22 memorial at Veterans Park

Mission 22 War at Home Memorial

Located within Veterans Park is the Mission 22 War at Home memorial, dedicated to raising awareness about veteran suicide. Tragically, 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Mission 22 is an organization committed to ending veteran suicide and providing support for those who have served our country.

Visit the Mission 22 War at Home Memorial at Veterans Park and join us in

the mission to end veteran suicide.

Veterans Center building
Veterans Center

1117 S Main St • 918-802-3660 • Website

The Veterans Center is a 4,600-square-foot facility located in Broken Arrow that serves as a hub for various veteran organizations. The center includes offices for local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Blue Star Mothers.

In addition to its office spaces, the center features a conference room, banquet hall, catering kitchen, and outdoor patio, all of which are available to the public for event rentals. The center offers a special discount for veteran organizations.

Come visit the Veterans Center and support our local veteran organizations. Let's work together to honor and support those who have served our country.

Main Street street banners depicting local veterans
Main Street Tradition

418 S Main St

Join us in honoring the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Check out the Memorial Day banners on Main Street in the Rose District, featuring the names and photos of local heroes who have dedicated their lives to service. Let's take a moment to remember and thank them for their bravery and sacrifice.

The Military History Center organizes this effort each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. If you would like to participate or have a loved one featured on the banner, please reach out to them at (918) 794-2712.

Floral Haven Memorial Park multiple raised flags
Floral Haven on Memorial Day

6500 S Olive Ave • 918-505-7254 • Website

Join us throughout the Memorial Day weekend as we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country at Floral Haven's Annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration.

Weekend Schedule:

Thursday, May 23, at 10:00 AM Volunteers from American Legion Post#308 place small flags on Veterans' grave sites throughout the cemetery. (If your loved one's grave was missed by these Veteran Volunteers, please stop by the office or an information tent to obtain a flag).

Friday, May 24 at 10:00 AM The Raising of the Avenue Of Flags At Floral Haven The 4,325 Casket Flags of Veterans donated in years past will be raised by Cadets from the area Public Schools JROTC Programs, Family Members, and Floral Haven Staff.

Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 AM Memorial Day Weekend Observance Program and the Raising of the Newly Donated Veterans' Flags Everyone is welcome to this program and ceremony. The ceremony will conclude with the family members of those Veterans whose Casket Flags have been donated in the last year raising them for the first time on the grounds, assisted by JROTC Cadets.

Saturday, May 25 - Monday, 27 Collection of Items for Freedom Boxes for our Troops Serving in the War Zones - Funeral Home and Information Tents The Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5 are sponsoring a collection for Freedom Boxes, which are sent to our military troops overseas.

Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27 The Changing of the Guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldiers Youth on Guard will reenact the "Changing of the Guard" at the replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns west of Floral Haven Funeral Home. They will be performing this solemn ceremony 24 hours a day (every half hour during the daytime and every hour at night) beginning at 1:00 PM Saturday. Many of these cadets have undergone special training with the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Saturday, May 25 - Monday, 27 Reading of the Honor Roll Saturday at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM and Sunday and Monday at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM the names of all of the Veterans buried at Floral Haven during this past year will be read over the Veterans Field Carillon Tower.

Monday, May 27 at 3:00 PM National Moment of Remembrance The White House Commission on Remembrance, an independent, bipartisan executive branch agency, asks that everyone in the United States observe one minute of silence at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day, in remembrance and tribute to those who have fallen, those who have served, those who are still serving and their families.

Monday, May 27 at 5:00 PM The Retiring Of the Colors Members of the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts of America will retire the Garrison Flag and the other Flags surrounding the Veterans Field Of Honor with their own special ceremonies. The Scouts will then retire all of the Flags in the Floral Haven Avenue of Flags for another year. You are cordially invited to attend this final ceremony of Memorial Day Weekend.


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