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On the south side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, the Bob Hope Shelter sits in Stars & Stripes Park. In front of the shelter is a bust of Bob Hope, dressed in a suit coat, bow tie and a carnation on his left suit lapel. Bob Hope was a comedian, actor, singer, dancer, and author known for his loyalty and dedication to the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO). He appeared in over 70 films, hosted the Academy Awards 14 times, and was the author of 14 books. However, this sculpture paying honor to the decorated entertainer is placed in the Stars & Stripes Park because of his passion for the USO. The USO provides programs, services, and live entertainment to troops and their families. During World War II, the USO began hosting “Camp Shows” designed to boost the morale of the troops. Bob Hope performed in an incredible 57 Camp Shows for the USO between 1942 and 1988. Unfortunately, the world lost an incredible entertainer on July 27, 2003, but his memory still lives.
3701 S Lake Hefner Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK, 73116
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: Jul 4, 1970