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The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians dedicated the new Choctaw Veterans Memorial in Choctaw on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.

The memorial, located on Black Jack Road south of Geyser Falls Water Theme Park off of Highway 16, was dedicated during a ceremony at the conclusion of the Tribe's Veterans Day Parade. The circular half-wall memorial is made of red granite and the signage on the wall proclaiming "CHAHTA TUSHKA SIAH OKIH - I am a Choctaw Warrior!" is made of cast bronze.

The floor is designed with a sunburst pattern with the Tribal seal of the Mississippi Choctaws in the center. Surrounding the seal are logos of the branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Officials said the memorial is phase I of a future 4.5 acre Choctaw Veterans Park that will be comprised of a plaza containing military artifacts, a wall featuring the names of all Mississippi Choctaw veterans, an open area for presentations and events, and a monument dedicated to Pushmataha.

Members of the Choctaw Tribal Security detail fired a 21-gun salute as Choctaw Central High School senior Bronson Henderson performed Taps. The ceremony was preceded by a parade which started at the Spirit of LIfe Christian Center and ended at the memorial. Over 40 floats and organizations participated in this year's parade.

Serving as grand Marshalls were Choctaw veterans Thelma Barnes and John Clemmons. All Veterans in attendance received tokens of gratitude then took a group photo in front of the memorial to conclude the event.