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Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

Flag flies at half-staff outside McNair Hall on Fort Sill Flag flies at half-staff outside McNair Hall on Fort Sill
Veterans salute at Ft. Sill National Cemetery Veterans salute at Ft. Sill National Cemetery
Memorial Day at Sunset Memorial Gardens Memorial Day at Sunset Memorial Gardens

Elgin_Hundreds gathered today for Memorial Day ceremonies at the Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, where veteran John David came, along with his wife, children and grandchildren, to pay tribute to those who've died earning our freedom.  "I'm glad these young ones are here, " Ruth David, John's wife, said. "They need to know what this country was built on."

For Curtis Strong, Memorial Day is a day that hits close to home. He lost his brother in 1976. "But he gave his life to save another soldier, the ultimate sacrifice. With him, I mourn every day and I stand up on Memorial Day," Strong said.

Some, like James Finley, would do anything to serve their country.  "I was a young boy, I was sixteen. I told a fib to get into the service, " Finley said.  He's said he's thankful so many took time from their busy days to come out and pay respect to those who are not here.

And for those serving now, like Marine Colonel Scott Campbell, who's stationed at Fort Sill It's a day to reflect back on the sacrifices of their fellow soldiers. "Everything we have here today is basically because of them. So for us, I mean the humble experience is trying to live up to their expectations and do the same job that they did."

A job that, for many, ended with the ultimate sacrifice.

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