ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Every year since 1983, the Carter County Veterans Council has led this gathering to honor those who put their lives on the line all of us.
Over 300 hundred people of all ages showed up to honor those who served.
Terry Bell served in the Naval Reserves during the Vietnam War.
"I love the turn out, I love the high school bands that come and play for us and the schools that bring students on buses and things - it's just very gratifying," Bell said.
Bell says he's attended the ceremony since he moved to Ardmore over 30 years ago.
"I'm glad that people now appreciate the Vietnam veterans because when we came home it was kind of a different story," Bell said, "but that's all changed and I am very grateful for that."
This year's ceremony included an appearance from the Patriot Guard Riders and had Former Air Force Captain, Robert Harris, as the guest speaker.
He served as a pilot during the Vietnam War.
He says he was of the few who could mark his targets with the aircraft upside down.
Harris tells us he was honored to be the guest speaker because it gave him the chance to wear his medals again after they've been kept in box for nearly 50 years.
"I've never worn them publicly and so it was my time to do that and I needed to do it," Harris said.