Killed In Action Memorial Dedication Saturday
CLAREMORE (Okla) - A new monument honoring cadets of the former Oklahoma Military Academy who lost their lives during military service will be dedicated on June 4 at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.
The Oklahoma Military Academy Killed in Action Memorial will be formally unveiled during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the main entrance to the RSU campus, also known as "the Hill." The public is invited to attend.
The Oklahoma Military Academy (OMA) operated at the present location of RSU from 1919 until it closed in 1971. Today, RSU is a regional public university, serving more than 4,400 students from its main campus in Claremore, and branch campuses in Bartlesville and Pryor, Okla.
History abounds on the RSU campus in Claremore. Our Campus Hill is truly a place the past and present converge, where history meets the future," said RSU President Larry Rice. "Historical buildings, sculptures of three U.S.
presidents, and a military museum share the Hill alongside new state-of-the-art facilities.
More than 2,500 OMA cadets served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In addition, a greater percentage of OMA cadets served in the U.S. Armed Forces than any other high school, junior college or university in Oklahoma.
The memorial will be a black granite pyramid etched with the names of more than 100 OMA cadets who died in service abroad.
General Dennis J. Reimer, a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who retired from a decorated 37-year career with the U.S. Army in 1999, will serve as keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony.
Reimer is former director of the National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City.