Military Appreciation Day - Brigadier General Robinson Risner

Today we’re doing our best to celebrate our military members! Memorial Day is just around the corner so we think it’s perfect timing for Military Appreciation Day! Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Brigadier General Robinson Risner! His hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma. General Risner joined the military at 19 years old and flew planes for the military in World War II. After returning to Oklahoma and joining the Oklahoma Air National Guard, General Risner was called to serve in the Vietnam War where he earned a Silver Star. After returning from captivity in Vietnam, he became Brigadier General Risner and authored a book, The Passing of the Night, detailing his experience. You can learn more by reading Brigadier General Robinson Risner’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Oklahoma has so many men and women that deserve to be celebrated for their time of service! You can learn more about several of those individuals, like General Tommy Franks and General Rita Aragon, here


Movie Time! Did you know dogs serve in the military too? In Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, you can learn all about a dog serving his country. You can rent and stream it now.


Storytime! Hero Mom teaches us all about military families and some very special people in these kid’s lives. You can hear it read aloud now! You can also read these kid’s stories about having parents in the military and what it means to them.


Arts & Crafts! With this awesome craft you can make your own soldier puppet out of popsicle sticks and a few other supplies! You can also make these cool airplanes for your soldiers out of clothespins!


Make & Eat it! Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has a whole section of recipes just for Memorial Day! Our favorite of them all is this refreshing looking strawberry ice cream.

Listen to it! Youtube put together this perfect playlist to help us celebrate our military members and show them how important they are to us. Check out this patriotic playlist for Military Appreciation Day!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home celebrating our military! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Military Appreciation Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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