ARDMORE, OK - Ardmore is the first of many stops across the state of Oklahoma for an emotional exhibit that honors our soldiers killed during the War on Terror.
Every soldier has a story.
"The military immediately took the "I" and "me" out of me and made me about "we" and "us"', Veteran Fielding Grigsby said. "It's amazing how that has driven my whole life."
After four years with the Oklahoma National Guard and four years with the United States Air Force, Grigsby was discharged from the military in 1966. Even though that was almost fifty years ago, he said the past still comes up in conversation.
Grigsby recently got a surprise phone call from his commander who now lives in Lawton, OK.
"He contacted me and still remembered me from all those years ago," Grigsby said.
Grigsby saaid he was lucky to make it out of the military alive and Tuesday he came to honor all of those who did not.
The Ardmore Convention Center is the first of many stops in Oklahoma for the "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit. Over one hundred names and photos of Oklahoma soldiers killed in the War on Terror are posted on the memorial.
"You realize these are more than just soldiers," Ardmore Convention Center Manager Marty Auten said. "You realize these are people that have family right here in this part of the country. Unfortunately, we are going to have to add a couple more names to the memorial."
The veteran, who recently got a phone call from his commander nearly fifty years later, said even if enlisting in the military is not the path you take, everyone should do a little something to make our country a better place.
"Part of that is just being good to other people," Grigsby said. "That is one of the things that is really important."
The memorial arrived at the Ardmore Convention Center Monday night.
It is free and now open to the public 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.