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Fort Sill honors fallen soldiers

ROTC cadet Robert McCoy gave a speech on Fort Sill during a Memorial Day ceremony. (Source KSWO) ROTC cadet Robert McCoy gave a speech on Fort Sill during a Memorial Day ceremony. (Source KSWO)

FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) -On this Memorial Day, a ceremony on Fort Sill reminded those in attendance that we must remember that there's no other nation on earth that has made a sacrifice as great as ours when it comes to fighting for the freedoms of others.

The service was to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. During the service, the order written by General John A. Logan marking Memorial Day as a national holiday was read. Three speeches were also given symbolizing the past, present and future of the United States military.

Robert McCoy, an ROTC cadet at Cameron University, represented the future when he spoke at Monday’s ceremony. He says growing up, he didn't see a future in the military.

"For a long time, I didn't want to be a part of the military. My father was a part of the military and I didn't understand it. I just knew that it took him away from me," McCoy said.

With time and age, he understood more about the military and what being a part of it means. He says being in the ROTC is a blessing and a calling. McCoy now spends time learning about past leaders.

"That legacy is what I look to…to base my leadership styles off of, and it helps develop me as a future leader," McCoy said.

This holiday is a time for everyone to remember those who lost their lives fighting for freedom.

 "I think all of us need to take time to honor the military. That the men and woman have given the ultimate sacrifice,” president of Society of Military Widows, Patricia Cameron said.

McCoy says we have the luxuries we have today because of those who fought for our freedom and American’s should not let that be in vain.

"For us to forget their legacy is just a disgrace. It's a disgrace to ourselves and our nation when we're reaping the benefits of their blood," McCoy said.

Two widows of servicemen said even though they didn't lose their husbands in war, Memorial Day is every day for them now because they remember the sacrifices their husbands made when they went to war so many years ago.

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