by John Hamilton
A blessing has been graced upon the veterans of Hominy. The Oklahoma Department of the American Legion was contacted by the US Army about the 105 MM Howitzer located in Cleveland, OK at Feyodi Creek Park and inquired as to who would take responsibility for it since the Cleveland American Legion Post had disbanded. Charlie O’Leary accepted the responsibility to have Post 142 take the 105 MM Howitzer and asked Carl Blue to approach the Hominy City Council to help find a permanent location for this piece of military history. After reviewing several locations, post 142 members selected a piece of city property located along OK-99 across from the Hominy High School and adjacent to the Hominy Ambulance Service. Don Rainwater has taken the lead on organizing the move of the Howitzer. Also, near the proposed location will be the Hominy Veterans Memorial with all the veterans’ names in A. J. Powell Memorial Cemetery. The Memorial will consist of stones engraved with the name of the conflict and all the veterans that served during that conflict, somewhat like the one in Feyodi Creek Park and the one in Pawhuska, OK at the corner of OK-60 and Lynn Lane.
The hardest part of all this is the financing, which cannot be accomplished overnight. In the spirit of this effort, and to facilitate the entire Hominy community, especially for those whose veteran loved ones are located at the A. J. Powell Memorial Cemetery, a Hominy Veterans Memorial Fund has been established at our 1st Bank in Hominy at 117 N Price Ave, Hominy, OK. Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund only needs to take their donation to the 1ST Bank in Hominy and deposit it in the “Hominy Veterans Memorial Fund.”
This Veterans Memorial will belong to the citizens of Hominy for all your ancestors who so proudly have served our country and, in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice.