Undated_Veterans of every branch filled the meeting room at the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center Friday to honor their fellow soldiers in an early commemoration of Veterans Day.
Representative Don Armes of Faxon was one of the guest speakers. His father once lived at the veterans center.
"My dad died two days before Veterans Day three years ago, so it's always an emotional time for me, but it's important that we remember what these guys and women have given to make this country free," Armes said.
At another ceremony Friday at Osborne Park in Elgin, Representative Joe Dorman reflected on his family's military heritage. His father served in the Navy during World War II and a relative was there at Pearl Harbor.
"I love the idea that we have the holiday, but it should be every day. So, if you see a veteran somewhere with that ball cap, or some type of display showing they're a vet, take a second to thank them for their service. They put their lives on the line for us. They work to defend our country and the least we can do is show them that little bit of respect for the service that they gave to our nation."
Republican leaders are racing against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress.
An elementary school in Ardmore is out for the rest of the week after elevated levels of carbon monoxide gas were detected. It happened while several natural gas heating units were being repaired at Charles Evans Elementary School. More than 100 students were evacuated from a portion of the building. There were no reports of illness or injuries. School officials say students will return to their classrooms next week.
Oklahoma City fire officials are warning people to make sure they install smoke detectors in their home after battling 54 structure fires so far this month. The 54th fire was yesterday afternoon and was spotted by neighbors who called 911. Two people were inside the home asleep at the time. They made it out safely, and the blaze was put out but authorities say the smoke detectors in the home did not have batteries.
A woman is in critical condition and two Bartlesville officers are recovering this morning after a shooting. According to Bartlesville police, it started when officers were serving a search warrant at a home. Authorities say police arrested one man when a woman who was also in the home opened fire on the officers. She is believed to be the man's mother. One officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, who was then taken to a hospital in Bartlesville.
A grass fire has broken out in the middle of Lawton. Fire crews are currently battling the blaze at I-44 and Lee Blvd. 7News is on scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.