Vietnam veterans were honored at the Magnolia festival Saturday morning during the veteran reception held at the Choctaw RV Park.
The veteran reception has honored World War II veterans, Korean War veterans, and this year, Vietnam veterans were honored.
U.S. and Oklahoma flags were presented by the Boy Scout Troop 615 followed by prayer led by State Senator Josh Brecheen.
State Representative Dustin Roberts then spoke. Roberts expressed his gratitude and respect for Vietnam veterans and said that he fights for veteran rights because veterans fought for our rights.
Tim MacEntire presented a video honoring Vietnam veterans. The slide showed interviews with several veterans sharing their experiences during the Vietnam War.
Veterans shared what war was like, how they dealt with the pains and risks and how it affected them. These interviews are a part of a larger documentary that MacEntire is creating called Freedom’s not Free.
MacEntire said he shows the documentary at any school that will let him to teach students about the sacrifices and costs of war.
More than 40 local Vietnam veterans were honored with citations from the offices of Representative Markwayne Mullin, Senator Tom Coburn and Senator Jim Inhoff.
After closing remarks, Veterans and guests enjoyed an appreciation lunch at the Choctaw RV Park.