The controversy surrounding an Oklahoma Muslim group's historic participation in the Tulsa Veterans Day parade didn't amount to a response that could have overshadowed the spirit of the event honoring the nation's service members.
Members of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations gathered at Third Street and Greenwood Avenue early Wednesday to put finishing touches on their float, which would, along with Tulsa police, conclude the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade for the first time. By just after noon, they celebrated at the finish line and said they were glad for the support they had received.
The majority of spectators chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" as CAIR-Oklahoma members passed them, with many in the group thanking veterans for their service. Children cheered loudly as the group marched through downtown Tulsa, and an Oklahoma National Guard member approached participant Faatimah Elghazali to apologize for any inappropriate remarks she had heard or would hear.