New soldiers spend Veterans Day at Lawton-Ft. Sill Veterans Cent - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

New soldiers spend Veterans Day at Lawton-Ft. Sill Veterans Center

LAWTON, Okla._Nearly 200 soldiers, right out of basic training, spent Veterans Day at the Lawton-Ft. Sill Veterans Center paying homage to those that served before them.

The large group of privates and specialists helped spruce up the facility, while also having lunch and visiting with the residents. It’s a Fort Sill tradition that happens each year and gives young soldiers the opportunity to learn from those who have done the same jobs they'll do at their first duty stations.  

Norman Roberts is 93 years old and a World War II veteran. Roberts served in a special operations group in Europe.

“It was a secret mission. Well, it was to go to London, I mean England, and go on a big golf course that England had given to the United States to bring gliders into it and were to go over and assemble them,” Roberts explained.

It wasn't an easy task because his unit only had 150 soldiers and their job was to build 2,000 gliders. Those gliders were then used during the invasion of France and the invasion of Holland.

Specialist Danielle Tchameni says Roberts' story inspired her.

"It was really great and the one thing he inspired me with was his courage. He was drafted to serve back in the day and I chose to join, but he served with a lot of courage a lot of enthusiasm. He really enjoyed what he did,” Spc. Tchameni said.

That joy, pride and courage in the job is something Spc. Tchameni plans to take with her to her next duty station as a combat medic.

"I’m going to be able to effectively serve my fellow soldier by being that first responder when they need it, a medical responder being able to save their lives and get them out," Spc. Tchameni said.

Another retiree was honored by his former unit as an honorary member. Specialist David Banky of the 1st Battalion 40th Field Artillery was given a certificate for his service. He says this is truly an honor for him, but the time spent with the soldiers is what means the most to him.

"It’s also a privilege and an honor for them to come visit with me, because normally you don’t see that many visitors out here," Banky said.

Seeing the young soldiers and their cadres come to the center each year reminds Banky of his brotherhood that will always be.

"It makes you want to, if you could, put the uniform on again and do battle," Banky said.

The graduation ceremony for the soldiers in basic training who visited the center is on Friday.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied

    Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied

    Monday, May 22 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:07:06 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:07:06 GMT

    Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election.

    Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election.

  • Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

    Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

    Monday, May 22 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:06:57 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:06:57 GMT

    Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, federal employee pensions, welfare benefits and farm subsidies.

    Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, federal employee pensions, welfare benefits and farm subsidies.

  • North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

    North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

    Monday, May 22 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:06:43 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:06:43 GMT

    In what Pyongyang says is its answer to President Donald Trump's policies, North Korea claims it's ready to deploy and start mass producing a new midrange missile.

    In what Pyongyang says is its answer to President Donald Trump's policies, North Korea claims it's ready to deploy and start mass producing a new midrange missile.

Powered by Frankly