DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Veterans Day is almost upon us, and Friday students and teachers held their annual Veterans Day ceremony to celebrate all of the brave men and women who have served our country.
From singing songs, playing instruments, and giving speeches, students at Duncan Middle School performed for Veterans, active service members, and their families. They've been rehearsing and practicing for the past several weeks.
Larry Bonner was just one of the many veterans in the audience. He served in the Army for 20 years. His wife Pat said it means a lot that students realize how much this day means for people who have sacrificed so much.
"I looked around some of the people that I know that were in the military I could see the pride on their faces and this is great this is what we need for our vets," said Bonner.
Student council president Katie Presgrove said veterans need to be honored.
"We owe them so much respect and they don't get it from us a lot of times students just don't see how much they have done for us and I really realize how serious it is," said Presgrove
The students then went outdoors to watch Fort Sill's half section soldiers fire a French 75. The field piece was used during World War I and weighs over 3,000 pounds. It can shoot up to 120 rounds per minute.
"This is part of history all of the cannons that we have in the military now everything that we have this is derived from this," said Palmer.
Staff Sergeant David Palmer said the gun was used on the battle field during World War I.
"The French 75 was built for trans warfare for direct fire you can point it directly at something and it would hit it up to five miles," said Palmer.
7th grade student Emily Montgomery said the experience was mind blowing.
"Especially to be out here and let them come down here to do that for us it's really exciting too see that happen and hear it happen," said Montgomery.
Students also got to take pictures beside the French 75, and ask questions about it.