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Christmas concert for local veterans

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The gift of music was given to our local veterans Monday night.

A retired military member who played in the Fort Sill 77th Army Band gathered up other musicians to give the veterans a "holly jolly" night of Christmas tunes at the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center.

The center was full of life, and there was plenty of toe-tapping and dancing, for some. And there were also some table drummers keeping up with the drummer on stage!

The man bringing this to the veterans is Ray Trevino. He says he did this last year on a smaller scale with just him and a piano player in the center's cafeteria.

This year he wanted to grow the Christmas event for the men and women who have served their country.

"Music is like the international language,” said Trevino. “So when we play our music, we play it with love. For them, with feeling. And they receive it. The emotions. It brings back their memories. So it's a big thing. Music is a very important tool that we have."

One of the residents, Daniel Tucker, came to listen after dinner.

"It's kind of neat that each of them has a talent and a different talent, and they blend that together to bring a good time to a bunch of guys who have not much in common other than being veterans, and let that blend with them," said Tucker.

In between the songs, Christmas presents were given to the veterans by who else, then Santa Claus himself! Tucker later said that what he and his fellow veterans have in common is definitely Christmas.

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