Fort Sill National Cemetery hosts Memorial Day tribute

ELGIN--A wet, rainy morning didn't keep the usual crowds away from Fort Sill National Cemetery's annual Memorial Day Program on Monday.

A crowd of veterans, families, and dignitaries sat underneath umbrellas and tents as honor guards, singers and speakers paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

"One of the most important responsibilities of citizenship:  remembering and honoring those who died in the service of this remarkable nation," Col. Mark Correl, Commander of Tinker Air Force Base, told the mostly standing crowd which avoided the wet chairs set out for the program.

"They're the ones we owe our liberty to, our lives to, our prosperity to, and it's important that we remember them," said US Representative Tom Cole about those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom during an interview with 7NEWS.  "Freedom isn't free and some people pay the ultimate price for the rest of us to be free.  This cemetery is full of those kind of people."

After the placing of the wreath and the playing of taps those in attendance scattered throughout the cemetery's 400 acres paying their respects to the nearly 1400 people interred at Fort Sill National Cemetery.

"I know that today it was just a wonderful day to be here," said Chuck Blandon, a Marine Corps veteran who fought on Guam during World War Two.  "There's so many that didn't make it back."