Gov. Brad Henry will speak Tuesday to a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature which is meeting to honor the 45th Division and the Oklahoma National Guard.
The joint session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the state House of Representatives Chamber.
The Division was organized in 1923 and fought in World War II and the Korean War.
It was retired in 1968 in a nationwide reoganization of the National Guard.
Some members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard are in units that still wear the 45th Division “Thunderbird” shoulder patch.
Since the division was retired, Guard members still have been called to active duty and served in places including Iraq and Afghanistan.
During Tuesday’s ceremony, two Guard members who were awarded Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat will be honored.
They Specialists Matthew Herndon, Kingston, and Criston Stone who received on Aug. 23, 2006, in Iraq.
John Greiner, Capitol Bureau