On May 29th, 2000, the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park, Inc. was dedicated to the veterans with an estimated fifteen hundred supporters on hand, the City of Enid, together with the Woodring Wall of Honor Committee, delivered a historic dedication ceremony. The dream and vision of the Veterans Park, located at Woodring Regional Airport in Enid, Oklahoma was officially open to the public.
The Veterans Park serves as a permanent tribute to the past, present, and future veterans of the United States Military who have provided unselfish and honorable service to this country. These are the men and women who built this country, saved it from aggression many times and continue to protect it and the principles of freedom on which it was founded. Throughout history, and still today, there have been ordinary individuals who rose from the fields of Oklahoma to give their lives for this country. All of them gave something and some of them gave everything. There is no greater devotion...
To ensure preservation and growth, we must first appreciate freedom for what it is now, remembering every day that freedom is not automatic; it has been earned, by others, and should be cherished by us today.
On Memorial Day of 2003, a segment of the Woodring Wall of Honor was dedicated to three of Oklahoma's fallen heroes. The names of Rick Husband, NASA astronaut (who took his flight training at Vance AFB, Enid, OK), Tommy Blair, Tulsa resident, KIA Iraq and Jerod Dennis, Idabel resident, KIA Afghanistan were engraved on the wall. Their families traveled to Enid to be a part of the Memorial Day Ceremonies to view the dedication of the stone which honored their nephew and sons. Since that date, over 120 Oklahomans have been honored.
The Red Dirt Run of Honor began in 2009 to bring honor to all of Oklahoma's fallen heroes and military who served their country proudly. Engraved dog tags are presented to runners which honor all of Oklahoma's fallen. Personalized tags can be designated with the names of participant's family members who served their country honorably. Gold Star Families from around the state attend or participate in the 5K/Half Marathon running in honor of their spouses, children or siblings. The run remembers the fallen and brings awareness to the sacrifices of our Oklahoma families.
We encourage you to join us as we remember...
HE STANDS IN THE UNBROKEN LINE OF PATRIOTS
WHO HAVE DARED TO DIE THAT FREEDOM MIGHT LIVE,
AND GROW, AND INCREASE ITS BLESSINGS.
FREEDOM LIVES. AND THRU IT, HE LIVES -
IN A WAY THAT HUMBLES THE UNDERTAKINGS OF MOST MEN.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
President of the United States