A new monument honoring cadets of the former Oklahoma Military Academy who lost their lives during military service will be dedicated on Saturday, 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. 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 Rogers State University 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 OMA cadets who died in service abroad.

Oklahoma native General Dennis J. Reimer, a four star general who is the highest ranking military officer in Oklahoma, will serve as keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony. A 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Gen. Reimer retired as the 33rd Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in 1999. He also is former director of the National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City, and presently lives in Medford, Okla.

The event also will feature a flyover by the Tulsa Warbirds Squadron, with fuel provided by ConocoPhillips of Bartlesville, and the Governor’s Own 145th Army Band.

            “The memorial promises to be an elegant, dignified, and somber reminder of our brothers who paid the ultimate price,” said Randy Vierling, President of the OMA Alumni Association. “It is destined to become a tourist attraction.”

            The architect for project is OMA alumnus Bob Wright, with LWPB Architects and Planners, LLC, of Oklahoma City.

            The memorial is funded through private contributions from OMA alumni and their families, who remain active and enthusiastic supporters of Rogers State University.

            The memorial will be located between Preparatory Hall, the institution’s first building, and Meyer Hall, its second facility, which originally served as OMA barracks. Both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, call 918-343-7773 or visit www.rsu.edu.

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