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."