Community, service members gather for Veterans Day in Ardmore
More than 100 patriots came together, on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, in the Ardmore VA Center on Monday.
The Allied powers, including the United States., signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany Nov. 11, 1918 to end World War I.
The following year, President Woodrow Wilson, declared Nov. 11 Armistice Day, renamed in 1954 to Veterans Day, celebrating the service of all U.S. military members.
"After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed," RADM Wesley Hull said to the crowd. "The war to end all wars was over."
Ardmore does honors veterans with their youth.
Several high school students from Plainview read original poetry while the community band played songs.
"May God keep you safe in all that you do, and bring you back home to those who love you," one Plainview student said in her poem.
Hull said it is important for younger generations to be active in holidays like Veterans Day.
"And this history needs to live on so that our future leaders, our youth of America, will understand our history and what this nation has gone through so we can continue with our freedoms and liberties, which so many foreign nations do not have," Hull said.
The 401st Engineer Company from Mustang, OK presented the U.S. and Oklahoma flags.
Mothers of fallen soldiers were also recognized.
"We owe so much to them, who kept us safe from terror," another student read. "So when we see a uniform, let's say 'thank you' to every wearer."