The northern Oklahoma town of Newkirk is likely one of the most patriotic communities in the nation, at least based upon the activities of a number of the residents there. An example of one such activity is participation by a group of young 4-H Club members in what is known as an Honors Campaign.
“I am really excited about this project,” noted Karen Dye, a local historian and key mover and shaker for the effort. “I think it is important to connect our students with men and women who protected our country. It is quite possible they may each have a relative that served in this capacity. When we did a presentation on the land run, we found that to be the case!”
The Newkirk effort eventually touched close to 60 local veterans for which the youth involved were recognized on an Oklahoma City TV program, which can be viewed through this link.
The Newkirk 4-H Club Summer 2019 Honors Campaign includes following veterans’ stories.