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Patriot Ball planned Sept. 10

Originally posted April 14, 2011

The Patriot Ball – a formal dinner and dance with silent auction honoring our POW/MIAs - has been rescheduled for the Week of Remembrance September 11-18, and will now be on September 10.

Union to host Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Sept. 11-18

 Union Public Schools will host the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Central Park at Union, 62nd and Mingo, September 11-18 as America pays tribute on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The visit will coincide with a charity golf tournament on Monday, August 15, and other events held September 9-19, in what is being billed as a “Week of Remembrance: Celebrating the American Spirit. The Union Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, under the leadership of retired Sr. Master Sgt. Dan Snow and retired Lt. Col. Ron McCool, have been raising funds to pay for the visit for the past year.

The Union AFJROTC will host the first annual golf tournament at the Patriot Golf Course in Owasso to help raise funds for the visit.

Events planned include:

August 15
Charity Golf Tournament at the Patriot Golf Course, Owasso

September 10
5K Remembrance Run & Pancake Feed
Remembrance Ride for the Wall and car/bike show with chili cook-off/BBQ
Construction of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall by “Vietnam Veterans” only. 
Memorial to victims of 9-11 and OKC Bombing is set-up & essay/art wall set-up
Patriot Ball – formal dinner and dance with silent auction honoring our POW/MIAs

September 11
Opening Ceremonies and tribute to the victims of 9-11 and our First Responders.
Threads of Valor Honor Guard posts their Silent Sentries for 24/7 security vigil

September 11-17
Daily Reveille ceremonies at Sunrise and “Twilight Tattoo Ceremonies” honoring our heroes and values

September 17
Warrior Fitness Challenge and JROTC Pass-in-review

September 18
Closing Ceremonies and Recovery of the Wall by Vietnam Veterans
Corporate sponsorships are being sought. If you would like to donate, contact SMSgt Dan Snow at 918-557-7619 or by email at

“On September 11, 2001, America was brutally attacked and more than 3,000 people from several different nations lost their lives,” Snow said. “In the weeks and months following this terrible attack, we rallied around our flag and our troops. We marveled at the sacrifices of the firefighters and policemen and all the volunteers who responded to Ground Zero. 

“We held rallies and came together to give our money and even our blood for those in need.  Most importantly, we embraced our common American Values and for a brief but powerful time we were not Democrat or Republican, African-American, Irish-American or Asian-American; we were all simply proud just to be an American.  In that time of tragedy and national unity, we chose to focus on those uniquely American values that bring us together instead of small and often petty differences that push us apart.”

Snow said 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of this tragic event. “The day and the event should be remembered and remembered properly.  But in order to remember the historic significance of that tragic event, we must also remember and honor that re-discovered the American spirit and the patriotic pride that swept the nation.  To honor that day and those who gave and are still giving so much for our freedoms, we should take some time to reflect and re-new our commitment to those ideals and values that make us all Americans.”
Snow said he believed the events they have planned will remind everyone the importance of being an American.

“The plan is for all events held at the wall site to be formal and reverent befitting the presence of the wall and all that it represents to so many of us.  We are inviting Vietnam veterans from all over Oklahoma to join us in setting up and taking down the wall,” Snow said.