DURANT, OK -- People across Bryan County gathered to honor local veterans who dedicated their lives to serving their country.
The ceremony took place on the courthouse lawn following the annual Veteran's Day Parade.
Jim Dunegan, city manager, said it's a way to thank those who made sacrifices to ensure America's freedom.
"I was sitting in Church yesterday and I couldn't help but to get up and tell the preacher what an honor it was to sit in a church in a country where we can do what we wanted to, we could read our bibles, we could do what we wanted to because of the freedom that we're celebrating this day," he said.
Local school kids carrying signs and keep-sakes from family members who served lined up to personally thank each veteran present Monday.
And city and state leaders offered words of gratitude as well.
"To all of you, thank you. And to our young adults, we want you to see them as the true heroes of today," said state Sen. Josh Brecheen.
Vietnam veteran Lynn Skocdopole said he was honored by Monday's display, the theme of which was veterans save lives.
"Just what it's worth can't be bought with money. It has to be done with pride, sacrifice and love for our fellow man. it's very meaningful to know they are appreciated for their efforts. They don't hear it often enough," he said.
The veterans of Bryan County heard it on Monday.