OKLAHOMA CITY - Memorial Day is a time when Americans across the country take a moment to remember and honor our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.
At the 45th Infantry Division Museum in northeast Oklahoma City, there was a special ceremony Monday for our fallen heroes.
“I get a little teary eyed, because it's important,” said Vaughn Vakulick.
Memorial Day is a day to never forget.
“The reason is because of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” Vakulick said.
Vakulick was in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968.
He served 3 ½ years in Germany, and many memories still haunt him.
“I saw what the Soviets did to the East Germans. They put a fence with a mine field, and we saw people get killed on it,” Vakulick said.
He said he's thankful to be standing here today, surrounded by his family.
“It's wonderful. It's nice to everybody with us, and I'm thankful, and I hope we can keep doing this for years and years and years,” Vakulick said.
"We found everything red, white and blue we could find," said Francis Patton.
A couple came to remember their loved ones, having lost several family members in the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam.
“We celebrate with them every year. It's a wonderful thing,” said Gary Patton.
A way to say thank you to our nation's heroes who died fighting for our freedom.
“How can you ever say thank you enough? You can't. It means so much to all of us. If it wasn't for our military, we wouldn't be here today,” said Francis and Gary Patton.
The museum is building a 'Path of Remembrance,' and the public is invited to sponsor a brick honoring a loved one.
Each brick costs $100, and you can request more information by visiting 45thdivisionmuseum.com.