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Veterans proudly remember sacrifices past, present at Fort Sill

Fort Sill_On Tuesday, veterans, their relatives, and friends turned out to celebrate Veteran's Day at the Fort Sill Cemetery.  Members honored the fallen - but not forgotten - members of the military.  They told stories of heroism and patriotism displayed by military members both in, and out, of combat. 

Veteran after veteran said how precious and important the United States' freedom is at this moment in history.  They spoke of wars and combat, and of Veterans no longer in active service - with active and reserve experience - serving 49 years - Retired First Sergeant David Daniels, says his first cousin and one of his young grandsons are buried at the cemetery.  "You're so proud in the end," said Daniels.  "No matter what war is - what the problem is - you're actually proud to be an American, and that's what I live by."

State Senator Don Barrington (R-Lawton) was on hand.  Barrington served in Vietnam in the late 60s.  "We owe them a great deal of gratitude, and should never forget what they sacrificed all the way through history, and through the various wars," he said.

Colonel John Fant gave 22 years of his life to his country, and explained the importance of protecting freedom.  "If you don't protect it, people will take it away from you, and we saw that on 9/11," he said.  "We've seen that during many instances during the 20th Century." 

"It's great to be an American today," said Daniels.  "Our forefathers had some grand vision," said Fant.  "I'm still amazed they were able to have that sort of forethought."  Veteran's Day began as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I, which officially ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, at 11 a.m., in 1918.
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