Heroes Boulevard dedicated
A giant U.S. flag suspended from the extended ladders of two fire trucks served as a mighty symbol for the dedication of Heroes Boulevard here Saturday.
According to Lawton Mayor Pro Tem Doug Wells, more than 84,000 troops have traveled South 11th Street/Fort Sill Boulevard in the last decade, on their way to a combat zone or back. It's the stretch of road that connects the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport with the various sites on Fort Sill where homecoming ceremonies have been held to welcome the troops back. In the early stages of the war it was Heroes Hangar at Henry Post Army Airfield, since displaced by Rinehart Fitness Center and the auditorium of the Graham Resiliency Training Center.
Prior to the unveiling, bagpiper Tom Kelly played "The Caisson Song" dear to the hearts of field artillerymen, national recording artist Cori Emmett sang the national anthem and members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 751 provided the color guard.
"Freedom and liberty have a cost, and throughout the years, men and women from Lawton-Fort Sill have traveled up and down this boulevard, sent out to fight for and defend our liberties. Some paid the ultimate price. For that we say thank you, not only to the men and women of the armed forces but to their family members, who also suffered and endured hardship," Ward 5 City Councilman Dwight Tanner Jr. said.