Two veterans memorials will be dedicated in Northwest Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Saturday, the Woodward County Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony will start at 10 a.m. on the memorial site just south of the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

Over two years of planning and fundraising have gone into building the memorial to veterans from the county. Organizers have raised between $60,000 and $70,000 for the memorial so far. The granite stones, the main part of the monument, consist of two 6x7 and four 3x7 slabs and are anchored into the concrete with stainless steel rods.

Members of American Legion Post 19 organized the fundraising and drive for the monument.

Everyone is invited to the ceremony.

Organizers for Saturday’s event said limited parking is available at the museum, and parking will also be available at Woodward High School. Shuttle buses will run from the high school parking lot to the memorial site, then will take people back after the ceremony.

Bleacher seating is available but expected to fill up quickly, so visitors are urged to bring their lawn chairs, organizers said.

After the dedication, visitors can also drop by and see the new veterans exhibit at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

Then, on Monday, a dedication program is set in Shattuck for the Northwest Oklahoma Centennial Veterans Memorial.

The program starts at 2 p.m. at the Shattuck School Gazebo near the memorial site.

Organizers said the project actually began as the Ellis County Veterans Memorial but grew as names began pouring in from surrounding communities.

This ceremony will dedicate phase one of the project. When completed, it will include five panels with over 2,700 names of area veterans. Phase one honors over 90 veterans from the area who died in the line of service.

Also dedicated will be a six-foot tall American Eagle in flight, which was purchased by the Shattuck FFA Chapter.

Speakers will include U. S. Rep. Frank Lucas, State Rep. Purcy Walker and State Sen. Mike Schulz.

For those attending, parking will be available at the areas surrounding the Shattuck school gym. City officials plan to detour traffic on Main Street during the ceremony.

After the ceremony work will continue on erecting the rest of the memorial, which list area veterans from the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.

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