MCLOUD, Okla. — While we are remembering the veterans close to our heart this Veteran’s Day weekend, McLoud students honored local vets for their service.
Hundreds gathered at the high school to honor veterans and the sacrifices made by their local heroes.
Taps playing the background of the ceremony, Angel Jacquez holds his best friend’s mother in his arms, remembering her son on Veteran’s Day weekend.
“I made a promise to him that I was going to take care of him and his family. He’s my brother, his mom is my mom and I’ll take care of them,” Jacquez said.
He struggled to say his friend, Eric Warren, who he called “Doc,” was killed at just 23-years-old.
Warren graduated from McLoud High School and went into the Navy.
He was killed by an I.E.D. in Afghanistan in May.
As kids sang, veterans stood together, remembering these lives lost and sacrifices they made for our country.
“To see your comrades falling while you’re running to safety, I’m getting a little bit sentimental, getting chill bumps just thinking about the experience,” Korean War Veteran Bruce Boyd said.
Through the tears, Boyd said a sense of pride can be felt at these ceremonies as children put together a program to honor the vets.
Meanwhile, Jacquez said Veterans Day has always been marked on his calendar but thinking of Warren, now it’s marked on his heart.
“You’ll never know, you never know what you have until it’s taken from you,” he said.
Veteran’s Day is Sunday.
Monday many businesses will be closed to honor our Veterans and the service they have given to our country.