Cherokee Nation officials want to honor Cherokee veterans for their service by permanently showcasing individuals’ military memorabilia inside the new Cherokee Nation Veterans Center that is nearing completion.

Those items include: uniforms, military gear and equipment, flags, videos, recordings, unit insignia, diaries, personal messages, photographs, military maps and charts, books and history of personal or unit service, dog tags, medals, and service related documents, newspapers, books, and records.

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Cherokee Nation joins Blue Star Museums program

Cherokee Nation is partnering with Blue Star Families to provide free admission to active duty military personnel and their families at Cherokee Nation museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“The Veterans Center is a permanent home that recognizes the commitment of our brave servicemen and women to America,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Joe Crittenden, a U.S. Navy veteran. “By adding the tokens of memorabilia from our military veterans, we can better honor them and their sacrifices. Additionally, it creates a sacred space where personal histories can intermingle with our tribal and our country’s history.

“I ask my fellow Cherokee veterans and the families of veterans to share what they feel comfortable sharing. We will proudly showcase those items along with the warriors who brought them home.”

- Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, US Navy veteran