ADDINGTON, OK (KSWO)- Today people from across the state, and veterans from Oklahoma and Texas came together to dedicate the new Addington Station War memorial in Jefferson County.
The memorial site sits in the center of town on Highway 81 across from the Addington Baptist Church. The memorial, which took about 4 years to build, honors veterans from World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and includes war monuments, statues and plaques from different wars with quotes engraved on them.
Pat Webb came up with the idea for the memorial, and said she was excited to see it finally complete after 4 years. Webb said it now provided something the brave men and women who served to remember.
97 year old World War II veteran William Meek served in the South Pacific, and still vividly remembers when his ship came under attack, and he narrowly avoided death.
"I had already turned around and started coming back on the port side and I opened the door and went up that ladder. I got where I could look across the deck and a torpedo hit directly under the one that I would have been on. If he would not have blown that siren on that loud speaker I would have been gone. I thank God that he was trying to keep me alive", said Meek.
It's men like Meek, who inspired Pat Webb to start the process of putting together a war memorial in her small town. Over the past four years, using donations, and some of her own money, the vision eventually became a reality.
"We love our country, and we wanted to honor our veterans in some way. And besides all that all these little towns are dying and we wanted to have something here that would keep it going for ever and ever", said Webb
Meek said its a blessing that Webb would dedicate a memorial to so many people who have fought and lost their lives.
"I never knew that she would have done all this much, I don't get through here very often but I didn't know she had done this much stuff", said Webb.
Several officials were at the event to give their thanks including Senator Don Barrington who presented Webb with a proclamation from Governor Mary Fallin. Webb said receiving the proclamation left her speechless
Wow! It just nearly made my knees buckle. I wanted to cry because I am so proud and happy that all of this has come about", said Webb.
Newly elected Senator Chris Kidd grew up in Addington. Kidd said having a memorial site that represents so many veterans in the country is huge for the town and he couldn't be more proud.
The outsider looking in it may not seem like we have much, but we have a whole lot of heart and this is an example of the heart that we have", said Kidd.
If you or someone you know would like to have their name on a plaque at the memorial site, you should visit the Addington Station Antique Store. The cost is 45 dollars.