Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: December 18, 2008
Sen. Jim Reynolds
Lawmakers to Salute Norman Vet Center Staff, Donate USS Oklahoma
State Sen. Jim
Reynolds and Rep. Gary
Banz announced they will donate an American flag that flew over
the USS Oklahoma National Memorial to the Norman Veterans Center.
The lawmakers will also present the staff with a citation thanking
them for their dedication to caring for Oklahoma veterans. The lawmakers
will make their presentation on Friday, December 19 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Veterans Center. Reynolds said his first-hand experience
with the staff prompted the tribute.
“I have a special place in my heart for the Norman Veterans
Center. The staff here took such great care of my father in his
last years,” said Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. “When my
family and I would visit, we saw the same professionalism and compassion
extended to the other veterans in their care as well. Representative
Banz and I just wanted to tell them how much we appreciate their
Reynolds spent the last several years helping USS Oklahoma Survivors
secure a permanent memorial at Pearl Harbor. That memorial was finally
dedicated last year. The survivors organization presented him with
a flag flown at the memorial that day, which in turn will be given
to the Norman Veterans Center.
Banz, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army, said he is pleased to help
honor the work of the staff and employees at the center.
“Oklahoma’s veterans centers represent the fulfillment
of a promise made after World War II to provide care for our servicemen
and women as needed,” said Banz, R-Midwest City. “We’re
thankful to the staff for their dedication and hard work, and remain
forever grateful to the brave men and women they serve.”
The Friday morning ceremony will be held in the activities room
of the Norman Veterans Center, located at 1776 East Robinson.
For more information contact:
Senator Reynolds' Office: (405) 521-5522