For Immediate Release
July 22, 2019
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Mission home successful for Mission 22 memorial
OKMULGEE, Okla. – Mission 22 ‘The War At Home Memorial’ was safely delivered to its new home July 17 at Veteran’s Park in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Police Department joined the rally in Roland, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma leg of the memorial’s marathon from Norfolk, Virginia.
When asked to escort the group, Lighthorse Police Chief Robert Hawkins had an immediate answer.
“I told them we would be honored to do it,” Hawkins said. Three Lighthorse officers joined the group on their motorcycles to represent the Nation.
The 20 steel plates, with silhouette cut outs of veterans lost to suicide due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, were escorted by different motorcycle clubs and law enforcement to support American veterans and their families.
Muscogee (Creek) citizen Staff Sgt. Michael K. Coon is one of the veterans honored in the memorial. His father, Michael Coon, became an ambassador with Mission 22 and helped to see the monument moved to its permanent site.
Mission 22 is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about Veteran suicide. With a rate of 20 Veteran suicides each day, one of the group’s objectives is to bring the number to zero through veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness. Treatment programs are offered to veterans for PTSD, brain injury and other issues they may be facing.