Memorial Day at Fort Sill - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Memorial Day at Fort Sill

Fort Sill_Fort Sill paid homage to heroes who fought for our freedom on this Memorial Day.

The 77th Army Band performed, the color guard posted the colors and the traditional wreath was laid to remember those who fought for our freedom.

Commanding General David Halverson gave the keynote address where he emphasized today as a day to reflect on the idea that freedom is not free and to remember the stories of those who serve.

Vietnam veteran Larry King placed a blue flower on the traditional wreath during today's ceremony. King was a supplier in Vietnam.

"You got all the troops in the field and they stay in the field. So you have to resupply them everyday. They have to have hand grenades and weapons and you make sure you resupply food out there."

King says since he supplied the infantry he had to move with the infantry.

"The infantry moves all the time and if you stay out with them at night, you have to dig your foxhole everyday. So you're relocating every day. A guy came in and he had a piece of shrapnel about an inch wide and three or four inches long that he said he found in the foxhole where I slept the night before"

Along with being a supplier to keep people alive, he also had another tough task once they were dead.

"When one got killed and they brought him in, I had to go do a positive ID on him and take all his personal effects and ship them back to the states to next of kin."

Next of kin are still being notified today, as battles rage on in Afghanistan and Iraq, a fact not lost on Fort Sill's commander, Major General David Halverson. 

"I think the big thing for me to reflect on this year is we're still a nation at war. We're going on 10 years since 9/11. It's been almost 10 years and we're still at war."

This service reminds King exactly what war is.

"It's some of the things you can relate back to when you was in combat or when you was in service or your friends and you can think of some of your buddies then that you don't normally think of every day."

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:41 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:41:19 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:34:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

  • Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:34:03 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

  • Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

    Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:31 PM EDT2018-05-19 17:31:07 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:31 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:31:51 GMT
    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people. (Source: KIAH/CNN)Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people. (Source: KIAH/CNN)

    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people.

    Authorities say an explosion and fire at a chemical plant near Houston injured at least 20 people.

Powered by Frankly