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LAWTON, Okla._For the past seven years, the Kings Horsemen Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association has made a good old-fashioned cookout an annual tradition at the Lawton Veterans Center. Today, that tradition continued and this year they got a few extra hands to help with what they call just a simple "thank you."

"It's our chance to come out and do other things for other people than just ourselves," said Natalia Kohlman.

Natalia Kohlman and David Hall are from New Mexico and North Carolina, respectively, but as Fort Sill soldiers they know that honor and duty extend well beyond the military post.

"It's fun to serve the veterans who served us, so it's time to serve them," said Hall.

That's why they've teamed up with the Christian Motorcyclists Association for a tradition that's a big hit at the center every year.

"We do this once a year and they love it. They eat promptly at 11:00, and without a doubt, so we try to do our best to serve not only the veterans but the entire staff here," said Eldridge "EJ" Johnson, president of the Kings Horsemen chapter of the CMA.

But it's more than just your regular, old-fashioned cookout.

"We want to make sure everything is done decently and in order so they'll be able to eat properly,." said Johnson.

These guys are serving over 250 meals of burgers and hot dogs complete with watermelon and even cobbler for dessert. It's a simple gesture that goes far for not just the recipients, but the volunteers as well.

"We find out the history and we sit down and talk to them as we eat and they tell us their stories and where they're from and what they did in their career," said Johnson.

Proving to be a special moment for those following in their footsteps to become the next generation of heroes.

"It's kinda cool to know that one day you'll be there. And they'll give you tips and you're learning from them constantly. Gives you that sense of peace and joy," said Kohlman.

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