Several people gathered Saturday morning for the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Midwest City High School Vietnam Memorial. The nationwide event honors fallen service members and helps educate the next generation about the sacrifices made.
The Midwest City High School’s Air Force JROTC conducted the ceremony to remember and honor 22 former MCHS students who were killed in action in Vietnam, four killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing, one killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the two newest additions to the Memorial.
Two more former students who gave their life defending the freedoms we enjoy today. Tommy Owen was a member of MCHS’s first graduating class of 1944 and was killed in action in World War II. James William Kelly was from the Class of 1947 and died during the Korean War.
Members of the MCHS JROTC along with some family members placed the wreaths at the base of each table as their names were read aloud.
Maj. Lawrence Lloyd, USAF retired and JROTC instructor at Midwest City High School, led the ceremony. Principal Leslie Berger, Mayor Matt Dukes and Sen. Brenda Stanley also spoke at the event.
Guests also enjoyed the Midwest City High School History Center which was open before and after the ceremony.