LAWTON, OKLA._It was birthday bash 112 years in the making for the City of Lawton Tuesday evening. The birthday reception was held at City Hall where community leaders recognized the Lawton Rangers and the Pioneer Women's Club for 75 years of service to the community.
Mayor Fred Fitch spoke about the advances Lawton's made over the years and the importance of the celebration.
"It's great. This town is 112-years-old and where we've progressed to and where we will be in the next 10 to 15 years. We will celebrate this for generations and generations and generations. And it is important to the community and to recognize community leaders and also preserve the history," Mayor Fitch said.
The city presented longtime educator and civic leader Albert Johnson, Sr. with the Lawton Award of Excellence. It was for Johnson's years of devotion to the betterment of the Lawton community.
Johnson said, "In my opinion it's really not about me. It's about the community of Lawton-Fort Sill. They have been wonderful supporters for whatever activities I have been involved in. So I'm really grateful for the people in this community who have supported me. And I'm talking about across this community."
Lawton's birthday celebration continues through the week with the Lawton Rangers Rodeo starting Wednesday night and a parade Saturday morning.