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City honors community leaders at 113th birthday celebration

LAWTON, Okla._ The weeklong birthday celebration of the city continued Tuesday night at City Hall with a special ceremony honoring those who've spent years giving back to the community.

This was the third year the Lawton Award of Excellence was presented. That honor went to longtime civic leader Pat Henry. Henry has been a staple in the community for more than 40 years.

Henry has served in numerous positions in both local and national organizations, including her tenure as the president of the National Parent Teacher Association. Mayor Fred Fitch calls Henry a workhorse, adding Lawton is a better place because of her contributions.

“When you look at all the things that she's done and everything she's been involved in over the years, I don't know how she does it all? I couldn't even begin to do all that, but she has done a tremendous job,” says Fitch.

The Lawton Rangers and Pioneer Women’s Club were also recognized for 76 years of service. Mayor Fitch, who has lived in Lawton since 1950, says the annual birthday celebration is a great time to reflect on the city's past, present and future.

“Just watching Lawton grow and all the things that are happening for the better in this community, all the people who come together with all their unified efforts for a better Lawton, it's just amazing and it's fun."

The celebration continues at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, starting Wednesday evening, and the Lawton Rangers Parade through downtown Lawton on Saturday morning.

 

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