Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, a number of events and activities are planned across the area in connection with Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Ceremony and Avenue of the Flags

With almost 4,000 full-size American flags being raised to fly, Floral Haven Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow will host its 47th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Avenue of the Flags.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at the cemetery, 6500 S. 129th East Ave., cadets from public school JROTC programs, family members and cemetery staff will join together to raise casket flags of veterans donated in years past.

Saturday activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a Memorial Day weekend observance program. Featured speaker will be U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern.

The ceremony will include the unveiling of a new replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, made possible through the support of Soldier’s Wish and donations from the community.

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and end Monday, occurring every half hour during the daytime and every hour at night. Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Starbase Composite Squadron will do the honors.

At 5 p.m. Monday, the weekend schedule will conclude with the Retiring of the Colors program, as local Boy Scouts retire the flags for the year.

For more information on the events and related activities, call 918-528-4238 or go to floralhaven.com.

Memorial Day program

Memorial Park Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day program Monday.

Kicking things off at 9:30 a.m. at the cemetery, 5111 S. Memorial Drive, will be music by Tulsa Community Band, a flyover by the Tulsa Warbirds, then more music by Tulsa Pipes and Drums.

Featured speaker will be Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum.

The annual presentation of wreaths will follow the program, assisted by East Central High School Junior ROTC members.

The event is sponsored by the cemetery and Tulsa’s American Legion Post No. 1.

For more information, call 918-627-0220.

Experience a World War II aircraft

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum will host the touring B-29 bomber “Doc” this weekend.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with cockpit tours and flights offered aboard “Doc,” a restored WWII-era B-29 Superfortress.

The Wichita, Kansas-based aircraft began touring in 2017. It was discovered in 1987 rotting away in the Mojave Desert and underwent an extensive restoration over many years.

Admission to the museum and special attraction is $20 for kids 12 and older, $10 ages 5-11 and free for ages 4 and younger.

That does not include flights. For more information on booking a spot on the plane, go online to b29doc.com.

For other event details, call the museum at 918-834-9900 or go to tulsamuseum.org.

PatriotFest returns

The Route 66 PatriotFest returns Saturday for a fifth year of celebrating the country’s veterans and active military members.

The annual festival, featuring exhibits, contests and various activities, will be located along Southwest Boulevard between Union Avenue and 39th Street, including the Route 66 Village and the campus of Webster High School.

Admission is free.

Featured will be the Route 66 Patriot Car and Motorcycle Show, Route 66 Patriot Cruise, military exhibits and displays, a KidZone, a Patriotic Pet Show, Route 66 Pinup Contest, vendors, food trucks, live music, raffles and prizes.

The money raised by the festival will go to support various veterans groups and causes.

For more information, call 918-853-5266 or go online to rt66patriotfest.com or facebook.com/Route66PatriotFest.

Tim Stanley

918-581-8385

tim.stanley@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @timstanleyTW

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