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Civilians got a chance to get an up-close look at various military vehicles, including a howitzer, during the Armed Forces Day Celebration Saturday in Elmer Thomas Park.Jack Bernstein hopped behind the wheel of an Army jeep Saturday at the Armed Forces Day Celebration in Elmer Thomas Park.Daisy Reyes and Gine Chumley take a look under the hood of a fully restored ‘67 Ford Mustang on display at the Curefighters Car Show Saturday in Elmer Thomas Park. Reyes owns a similar vehicle, but was jealous of the great condition of this one.

Public enjoys 50th anniversary in city park

It couldn't have been a more perfect day Saturday in Elmer Thomas Park for the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration.

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce's Armed Forces Day Parade as hundreds filed into the park following the parade for an afternoon of food, fun and live music. Scott Newton took the stage about 1:15 for a 30-minute set. Afterwards, he enjoyed the sights and sounds as his two children played on the inflatable bouncers. 

"I'm really digging it," he said. "I enjoyed getting up there and playing, and now I'm enjoying watching my kids play. It's a beautiful day today for this."

While local performers like Newton and Cori Emmett played on stage, visitors wandered around the park, looking at the various displays. One of the most popular attractions was the Curefighters Car Show, with proceeds going to fund research to fight cystic fibrosis. Soldiers Daisy Reyes and Gine Chumley decided to take the afternoon to support their fellow comrades in arms. 

"We've never been out here before and we wanted to come out and see what it's all about," Reyes said.

The two quickly became infatuated with a '67 Mustang with metallic crimson paint. Reyes owns a similar '67 Mustang, but said she was still jealous.

"It's nowhere as nice as this one," she said. "He takes much better care of it."

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