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Duncan's V.F.W. Post 1192 celebrates first Veterans Appreciation Day

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DUNCAN, Okla._It's something that hasn't happened before Sunday in Stephens County. A V.F.W. Veterans Appreciation Day. Veterans as far back as World War II had their service celebrated at the event V.F.W. officials say is long overdue.  

They say months of planning and donations from local businesses across Stephens County made it all happen.

Odell Hoover is the last living ex prisoner of war in Stephens County. Born and raised in Duncan,  he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. The 91-year-old veteran explained he is 91 years young, and that if he had to do it all over again, he would. He said the celebration is a time to see old friends and explained what being a veteran means to him

"Freedom. I don't have any cares in the world. I am just as free as I can be. I can do anything I want within the laws that I want to do and I am real happy," said Odell.

Tom Morse has been the Post Commander for two years. He said today is a day to celebrate the sacrifices our veterans have made.  

"If it wasn't for them, we would not be a free country today.  It's them who we owe everything we got  today, for."morse says some people," said Morse.

Including recent veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, often times misinterpret the mission of the V.F.W.  "V.F.W. is just an old folks home, but it's not," said Morse. He says its much more. It's an outlet to help veterans get the benefits they need, or that they might not know about.

With celebrations like this, he hopes to spread the word that they're ready and eager to help the veterans of Stephens County.  

Even though today was about the veterans, Odell says that it wasn't just the veterans who sacrificed. "It took all of us. It wasn't just me or a few other soldiers. It was everyone," said Odell.

Morse hopes that this will become an annual celebration. He said he was moved by the actions of the community who donated their time, money, and whatever they could to make this a day those veterans won't soon forget.

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