With their hands to their foreheads or on their chests and heads held high or bowed in remembrance, a small crowd of visitors saluted the American and Oklahoman flags as they remembered the men and women who gave their lives in service for their country.

The guests, ranging from small children to senior adults, gathered around a newly placed memorial with Veterans of Foreign Wars members slightly after 11 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery.

Two days prior to the ceremony, veterans visited the cemetery to place flags on each grave that marks the resting place of a United States veteran.

Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, who attended this and the American Legion’s Memorial Day ceremony, served as guest speaker at the VFW memorial.

Steele thanked all those who prepared for the day’s events and remarked that while Oklahoma currently offers the most benefits for veterans of any state in the nation, more can and should be done for them.


With their hands to their foreheads or on their chests and heads held high or bowed in remembrance, a small crowd of visitors saluted the American and Oklahoman flags as they remembered the men and women who gave their lives in service for their country.
The guests, ranging from small children to senior adults, gathered around a newly placed memorial with Veterans of Foreign Wars members slightly after 11 a.m. Monday at Fairview Cemetery.
Two days prior to the ceremony, veterans visited the cemetery to place flags on each grave that marks the resting place of a United States veteran.
Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, who attended this and the American Legion’s Memorial Day ceremony, served as guest speaker at the VFW memorial.
Steele thanked all those who prepared for the day’s events and remarked that while Oklahoma currently offers the most benefits for veterans of any state in the nation, more can and should be done for them.
Steele also commented on the current state of the economy and how that even through the struggles, America would remain a great nation due largely to the sacrifices of veterans.
“America is going through a tough time,” Steele said. “But we will be better because of it.”
Steele also offered his gratitude to those who served and continue to serve.
“Thank you to all our veterans,” Steele said. “I can’t think of anything more important today than to gather and say thank you.”
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Johnna Ray may be reached at 214-3934.