Stephens County Military Organizations Celebrate Memorial Day with Ceremonies
DUNCAN, Oklahoma (KSWO) – Memorial Day celebration continued in Duncan, where Stephens County military service organizations held a special ceremony at Memorial Park.
As US flags fluttered in the wind on a cloudy Monday, the community came together to honor fallen soldiers, veterans and active duty members.
It’s more than a long weekend. It’s more than another day off to grill and swim.
Commander Jerry McAdory said it was a day to reflect on the sacrifices our soldiers make in the name of freedom.
“We have soldiers today who are abroad somewhere, that they are not by the lake and that they are not fishing,” he said. “They’re not having a good time. We have to keep that in mind, but again, like I said, the soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice so that they could go to the lake and enjoy the weekend.
The guard of honor presented a tribute to the rifle.
McAdory said you should thank a soldier even though you see him here in the area and he’s not deployed.
“Every day the soldiers sacrifice,” he said, “those who are deployed, even those who are at home because they never know when or where they may be called to deploy, where they may go. and whether they will return home. “
Bob Mason is a 21-year-old Air Force veteran who served most of his time in Europe and some in Saudi Arabia during the Desert Storm.
For him, Memorial Day is personal, a reminder of the family.
“Veterans Day means a lot to me,” he said. “I lost an uncle and a cousin in Vietnam, and we were a very close family at home, so that’s a lot to me.
McAdory wants the younger generation to learn its importance as well before it is forgotten.
McAdory: “It’s kind of part of the story. To know where we were going we need to know where we came from and to know where we came from we need to know the sacrifices that have been made to pave the way to where we are and those same sacrifices will pave the way for our future. . “
State Representative Marcus McEntire joined Stephens County Honor Guard, Disabled American Veterans AMVETS, Duncan VFW and American Legion Post 55 for Duncan’s ceremony.
They also held ceremonies in Comanche and Marlow and remembered Merchant Marines, POWs, and missing soldiers in action.
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