“It’s time that the American people stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ We need to defend our veterans. We need to stand up for them as they have stood up for our country for so many years,” he said.
Hunter also recognized the men and women who serve the community 24/7 — including police, fire, EMSStat and hospital personnel. Thousands of veterans also continue to serve without their active duty uniform on, whether it’s in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars or Disabled American Veterans.
Hunter said those veterans fight valiantly every day to serve their fellow veterans and need to be supported, as well. For veterans who need these services, Hunter encouraged them to go to one of the organizations.
During a prayer at the ceremony, Hunter prayed for protection of troops all around the world and protection of the country.
“Father, today we ask that you help us to remember all those who have gone before us, who have brought us here today to allow us to be free. And may we never forget them and may we always remember the great, great gratitude and thanks that we owe them,” Hunter said.
Don Schulenberg, state membership chairman of the American Legion Post 88, also said a few words at the service and read the names of deceased veterans since May 2013 from the American Legion.
· World War II: Glenn Fox, Williard Gallagher, FG Harmon, Lewis McCall Jr., Warren Myers, Alvin K. Wilson
· Korean: James Campbell Jr., Norman Klein, Robert L. Pendarvis, Giles Siglin
· Vietnam: Abel Dominguez, Lawrence Fisher, Elbert Humphreys
In addition, the Norman Police Department Honor Guard presented flags and played taps for the Memorial Day ceremony.
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