All Gave Some…Some Gave All.
The Cherokee Warrior Memorial is a veteran’s memorial located on the grounds of the Cherokee Nation headquarters. The moving memorial includes a black granite wall inscribed in both Cherokee and English with, “A grateful Cherokee Nation dedicates this memorial to all Cherokee men and women, both living and dead, who have defended their families, their people, and their homeland” on one side, and “These names are carved in stone forever – so that we and our children can learn and remember. POW-MIA, you are not forgotten” on the other.
Behind the wall stand ten flag poles: at top the US flag, flanked by the POW-MIA flag and Cherokee Nation flag. The remaining seven include all branched of the US military as well as those of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band.
On each side of the memorial, sits a .105mm-caliber gun. To the north is the U.S. Marine Corp gun, named “Thunder” which is written in Cherokee on the barrel. “Lightning,” the U.S. Army’s gun sits to the south.
Photos Copyright Christina Berry, All Things Cherokee
Veteran Warrior’s Memorial Travel Details
The site is open year-round.
Directions: The Veteran Warriors Memorial is located on the grounds of the Cherokee Nation Headquarters just south of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. For specific directions, click the “Directions” link in the location bubble of the map above and enter your starting location on the left.
GPS & Map: 35.85342222776303, -94.98860836029053