ARDMORE, Okla. -- A large crowd gathered at the Oklahoma veterans' center Monday morning. More than 175 veterans actually live at the center; hundreds more came from all over town. There were dozens of motorbikes, too.
Old Glory waved proudly as the Patriot Guard Riders arrived. The Oklahoma Veterans Center on South Commerce is very much a living memorial itself, with military artifacts on display outside.
Monuments commemorate so many engagements that our forces have taken part. Each person who lives at the center has a lifetime of stories, and memories, including memories of old friends, long gone.
Those memories, of course, are what today is about.
"Well, on Memorial Day, it's a day of remembrance. We must all think of those that made the ultimate sacrifice, and lost their lives, in protecting America's freedom," says Rear Adm. Wesley Hull, retired from NOAA.
Oklahomans held several other remembrances across the state.