Veterans Day is a way for people all over the U.S. to honor those who have served in the armed forces and marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. Oklahoma offers several events and opportunities for individuals to get involved.
• Norman Veterans Day parade and memorial ceremony: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and the memorial ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. The parade will go north on Webster from Eufaula, east on Main, south on James Garner, south on Jenkins Avenue to the memorial ceremony in Reaves Park at 2501 S Jenkins Ave. The parade and ceremony are sponsored by the Norman Veterans Committee, a group of volunteers dedicated to honoring all veterans. For more information, visit www.normanfun.com.
• Inaugural Oklahoma City National Veterans Day Run: The event will offer two distances: a timed 5K run and a one-mile family walk at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Stars and Stripes Park at 3701 S Lake Hefner Drive in Oklahoma City. All participants will receive the following: a race goodie bag, pre-race ceremony honoring veterans, commemorative finisher’s pin, finisher or participant online certificate and finish-line refreshments. Participants in the 5K will additionally receive a collectible finisher’s medal and individual chronotrack timer. Veterans and active-duty military discounts offered. All donations will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. To register or volunteer, visit www.veteransdayrun.com/run/oklahoma-city.
• 45th Infantry Museum ceremony: This event will pay tribute to the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces and honors those men and women who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at 2145 NW 36th Street in Oklahoma City. Ceremony highlights include a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors, patriotic music and distinguished guest speakers. The event is free. For more information, call 405-424-5313
• Free admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, all active duty, active reserves and retirees with up to five guests receive free admission. The zoo is located at 2100 NE 50th Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, call 405-425-0262.
• Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, all active duty, active reserves and retirees and up to five guests receive free admission. Proof of military ID is required. For more information, call 405-478-2250.