November 11, 2013

Local veterans honored at memorial ceremony

Jessica Lane
The Express-Star


A group huddled within the walls of the Grady County Veteran's Memorial on Nov. 11 to celebrate the lives of those who were willing to sacrifice their own. 

In addition to veterans and their families and friends, students from Pioneer School were also in attendance. 

Sherri Lewis, of the Oklahoma Veterans Recognition Committee, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event. She shared a quote that she said resonated with her reasons for recognizing veterans. 

"A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to the Untited States of America for an amount of 'up to and including my life,'" she recited to the gathered crowd. 

Grady County has a high number of veterans and others involved in the military. 

Grady County, Lewis said, has more military per capita than any other in the Untied States. 

The Grady County Veteran's Memorial has the names of Grady County's Veteran's etched onto its walls. It is located on the west side of Shanoan Springs Park. 

A Veteran's dinner was served at the Chickasha Elk's Lodge #2125 after the ceremony. Afterwards, the residents of Shanoan Springs Residence Center welcomed attendees for a meet and greet within their facility. 

To have the name of a veteran added, Lewis said to contact Chickasha Monument Company at 405.224.5003. Applicants must be Grady County residents, born and/or raised within the county or when in service. If family members do not have a DD214, other proof of service is required.