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Cameron ceremony honors veterans

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Friday, dozens of people gathered at Cameron University to show their support for all veterans past and present.

Taps was played at the ceremony where Commanding General at Fort Sill Major General Brian J. McKiernan delivered a speech to the crowd and the names of every American soldier who has died in battle over the last 12 months was read.

"It's one of the greatest things I've ever done, sir. It's just, it's a real pleasure to be able to be here to honor the people who have served before me and to kind of show me what I can do to serve my country as well sir,” said Cadet Christopher Lacock.

Cadet Lacock is in his third year with Cameron ROTC.  Both of his parents served in the Army. He said being able to attend an event that honors the service of all branches of the military meant a lot to him.

"A sense of pride, knowing that what's been said before me, what will be sad in the future. It also just shows the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice, it just shows you what they've done to protect our freedoms and our way of life,” Lacock said.

The name of every service member who has died over the last 12 months was read aloud Friday, which Cameron President John McArthur said has become a university tradition for their Veteran's Day ceremony.

"We've been doing that since 2011 when we had the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and in that first year reading over 5,000 names so that this year, we're only reading 26 names,” McArthur said. “I know you should never say only to any loss of life but that the list gets a little shorter each year, I think there's some reassurance there."

That is what McArthur said today is all about, simply letting those who have served and do serve our country know how much we appreciate them.

"For our veterans in the community, active duty and retirement, thank you for your service. We wouldn't be here without you and thank you so much,” McArthur said.

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