A memorial that stood in front of the original Army and National Guard armory on Cooper Drive now has a new home at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum.
The teardrop shaped granite slab sits on top of a pedestal, easily weighing over 1,000 pounds total, according to Bill Main from The Memorial Art Company. The company, based in Ardmore, disassembled the pieces, moved them and reassembled them in front of the museum on Sunset Drive.
Museum Director Wesley Hull said the monument is for all Oklahoma veterans, but was specifically built to honor those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq following 9/11. The National Guard is building a second, larger armory and training center near the first, and asked the museum if they would be interested in the two monuments previously located there.  
“We said ‘well, we’re definitely interested in the one to veterans,” Hull said. “‘But the other one is to the National Guard.’”
The second monument will be disassembled piece by piece, stored, then reassembled at the new armory by the National Guard once it’s complete.
“But with this one, since it’s for all veterans, they thought it fit better with the museum,” Hull said.
According to the National Guards’ contract with the city of Ardmore, when the current armory is no longer being used, the building will be demolished and the land will revert back to the city.
The memorial has a flowing design on the front and an inscription explaining its symbolism on the back.
The museum purchased the materials for the move, the National Guard poured the concrete for the new pedestal at the museum and the city of Ardmore contracted the Memorial Art Company to move and reassemble the monument.
Hull said the museum is considering laying brick around the base of the memorial in the future, possibly with veterans’ names inscribed in them.