State Senator Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, has filed legislation which would designate the first Monday of each month to honor veterans who are currently serving or were killed in the global war on terrorism.
Senate Bill 1134 asks all state agencies, interested organizations, civic groups and individuals to fly the U.S. flag at half-mast in remembrance of those Oklahomans who are serving or who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces furtherance of victory in the global war on terror, particularly those who have died or have been wounded as a result of such service.
Bob Thomason of Muskogee served in Army Air Corps in World War II and the infantry in the Korean War. He praised Senator Garrison for his bill.
“Anything you can do to recognize veterans is highly appreciative,” Thomason said. “We need to remember that we have lost a lot of good men and women in war. This bill will help us to always remember them.”
Jack Scroggins of Muskogee served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He praised Senator Garrison for his bill.
“Senator Garrison’s bill is a great idea and all the veterans I have talked to are for it,” Scroggins said. “This is a great way to honor those who have served our country.”
Senator Garrison, an Air Force veteran, said he wanted to do something that not only honors veterans, but also serves as a reminder that our military is still fighting a global war on terror.
“This legislation will help us to remember the sacrifices our veterans are making for this country,” Garrison said.
Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, a Senate colleague of Senator Garrison and Vietnam War veteran, said he strongly supports this bill.
“It is important to continue to recognize the efforts and sacrifices made by our fine men and women in the military,” Wilson said. “This is just a small gesture to show our gratitude for all they give.”