Saturday, May 21

“Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Elmer Thomas Park”



(Lawton, OK)  All the US Armed Forces; Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, both active duty and retirees along with their families will be honored Saturday, May 21 by the community of Lawton, OK with jointly sponsored, “Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Elmer Thomas Park” located at 3rd and NW Ferris Avenue.  All events are free and please, no alcohol, glass containers, fireworks and no pets, service animals only.  Visit the website


The day begins at 10am with the Armed Forces Day Parade! For more information about participating in the parade, contact the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541.


The Museum of the Great Plains will host a special exhibit, “Stars & Stripes: Through the Lens of Friends” with free admission from 10am – 5pm on Saturday May 21. The Museum of the Great Plains is located in Elmer Thomas Park at 601 NW Ferris Avenue.


Elmer Thomas Park will be alive with fun, food and entertainment for the entire family from 1-6pm.  Live entertainment at the festival pad includes 1pm, Double Branded Band; 3pm, Southern Journey, and 5pm, The Brothers Dupree. Activities include an area for children, and while supplies last, free food and drinks with  area business and organizations offering free services and “goodies”. Also at 1:30pm, sports enthusiasts can cheer on competitors in the Armed Forces Disc Golf Tournament, which is open only to men and women of the US Armed Forces, active duty and retired personnel. There will be cash prizes awarded in both male and female divisions - 1st ($500), 2nd ($250) and 3rd ($150). Pre-registration is required by May 16 at 5pm. For more information, contact Reginald Seaton at 580-581-3400 or download registration forms at



At 7pm, activities move indoors to the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Avenue with a free concert. Picking up free concert tickets are recommended to ensure seating as at 6:45pm unclaimed seating will be offered to the waiting public.


Opening the concert is Brazos Stone, a high-energy band drawing influences from artists across the musical spectrum ranging from Hank Williams to Metallica and Pink Floyd to John Mayer.  For more information, visit or find them on Facebook. 


Headliner, Uptown Syndicate Band, formed originally in Norman, Oklahoma in 1971, and was considered to be one of the top show bands rivaling the Gap Band of Tulsa, Oklahoma for stardom. Uptown is being featured in a reunion performance at the Armed Forces Appreciation Day celebration. Although this band no longer performs publicly, they have come back together for this very special event.


Uptown Syndicate is known for “High Energy” performances of Funk, Rhythm and Blues with soulful ballads mixed in.  At that time and even still today Uptown is regarded as a group that can fire up any crowd.  The group consisted of a powerful horn section, dynamic female and male vocals, a serious funky rhythm section, with breath taking choreography. Do not miss this performance, this is a once in a lifetime event.  The Uptown Syndicate Show will feature their original recordings released on Fat City Records along with music that inspired them to record.


Advanced tickets for the evening concert are now available for active duty and retirees (limit 4). Tickets for the general public (limit 4) available starting Wednesday, May 11. Note: Ticket holders must be seated by 6:45pm. Any open seating will be made available to non-ticket holders.


Tickets can be found on Fort Sill at Moral, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR), Bldg 4700, North Entrance Welcome Center Desk and in Lawton at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium Box Office or the Museum of the Great Plains.