Fort Sill observes Veterans Day
Fort Sill observed Veterans Day three days early this year, and in a departure from past years, the ceremony took place outdoors, amid the markers of Constitution Park honoring veterans of past conflicts.
Old Glory was flying at half-staff with the POW-MIA flag just below it, and in front of them stood the color guard bearing the nation’s five service flags. The ceremony included a moment of silence for the missing comrades who never returned from war.
“This Veterans Day is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and so I think it’s fitting that we make a special reference to, not only WWI, but our WWI veterans, of whom we have very, very few, and that number dwindles almost every day,” said Maj. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, commanding general of Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence.