Senator EARL GARRISON
TOURISM AND WILDLIFE Co-Chairman
Senate District 9
MUSKOGEE and WAGONER Counties
For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2008
Sen. Earl Garrison
Senate Passes Veteran Flag Bill
The Oklahoma State Senate approved legislation Tuesday which would
designate the first Monday of each month to honor veterans who are
currently serving or were killed in the global war on terrorism.
The bill now goes to the House of Represenatives for consideration.
Senate Bill 1134, authored by State Senator Earl
Garrison, D-Muskogee and Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Okay, asks all
state agencies, interested organizations, civic groups and individuals
to fly the U.S. flag at half-mast in remembrance of those Oklahomans
who are serving or who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces furtherance
of victory in the global war on terror, particularly those who have
died or have been wounded as a result of such service.
Senator Garrison, an Air Force Reserve veteran, said his bill is
just a small gesture to honor those who have served their country.
“Generations of Oklahomans have bravely answered the call
for military service, putting their lives on the line to defend
our freedom and the values that we stand for,” Garrison said.
“Today, the Oklahoma Senate sent a simple, but important message
which honors our veterans. We must never forget their efforts and
sacrifices they have made for our nation. I applaud my fellow Senators
for approving this bill and allowing it to move forward through
the legislative process.”
Ken Hayes of Muskogee is a Navy veteran who served in the Korean
War. He also coached basketball at the University of Tulsa, Oral
Roberts University, New Mexico State University and Northeastern
State University in Tahlequah. He said he strongly supports the
“I think it is a tremendous honor to our veterans and serves
as a reminder to our nation that we are still at war against terrorism,”
Hayes said. “I’m very proud of Senator Garrison and
his part in sponsoring this important bill.”
Rep. Rousselot concurred with Senator Garrison.
“This is a simple act to honor the heroic actions of our
country’s most courageous men and women,” Rousselot
said. “It is the least we can do for these American soldiers
who have fought and died serving our nation, who have paid the ultimate
sacrifice for our nation and the principles for which we stand –
freedom and democracy.”
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Senator Garrison's Office: (405) 521-5533