Veterans Day in SW Oklahoma

Veterans Day in SW Oklahoma
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LAWTON, Okla._ It's the 11th of November, America's day to honor our nation's military veterans. Parades and ceremonies are scheduled across the country, including southwest Oklahoma.

The holiday is now nearly 100 years old. it was created in 1918 and originally known as "armistice day."

Governor Mary Fallin is urging Oklahomans to honor those who've worn military uniforms.
In a statement she says "This Veterans Day, I'm asking all Oklahomans to join me in thanking our veterans for everything they have done for the people of Oklahoma and for this country. We should never forget their dedication and their service."

Cameron University is inviting the public, current and former military members to campus today for a Veterans Day ceremony. It's happening at one this afternoon in Veterans Grove located on the north side of Howell Hall. Cameron President John McArthur and Fort Sill Commander, Major General John Rossi will lead the event. 7NEWS was on campus last week when university officials and students placed over 6,700 American flags to honor troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sunset Memorial Gardens in west Lawton will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony this afternoon at 2 p.m. Organizers say it's "to remember the men and women who have served in the armed forces, some of which gave their lives in that service to acquire and preserve the freedom we in the nation enjoy." 
Local attorney Ken Sue Doerfel is the guest speaker and many local veteran and civic organizations are scheduled to participate.