Monday, June 18, 2012
Each 4th of July we celebrate our freedom and our service men and women who fight with courage and honor. We live our daily lives in peace because of what they do—fighting for their families and loved ones, and even those Oklahomans and Americans they’ve never even met.
The conviction to honor our brave men and women in the armed forces was instilled in me at a very young age. I, like many people across our state and nation, had family members that served in the armed forces—one in particular, my father, Norman Lamb. My father served in the Army Reserves and the National Guard. And during the administrations of Governors Keating and Henry, he proudly served as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Dad has served in many capacities. His service to our veterans is the role he enjoyed the most.
Twice within the past year I have had the opportunity to personally thank those of the World War II generation who fought so bravely and continue to call Oklahoma their home. The Honor Flight Network is a unique organization with a unique purpose: “Transport America's veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.” Last October and earlier this month, I participated in their send off to Washington, D.C. But my most recent Honor Flight visit with these veterans was particularly special. On June 6 of this year, I met with and thanked over 100 World War II veterans on the 68th anniversary of D-Day: a day that changed countless lives around the world forever. Veterans personify sacrifice and humility, and their service is unmatched.
This spring, Oklahoma was proud to welcome home our returning members of the 45th Infantry. And we receive them home with pride. But let us not forget those men and women still serving, and those families still separated as our soldiers continue to fight. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We are forever grateful for what they have done and continue to do.
As always, my office is open and ready to assist you in any way we can. I am excited to hear your ideas on how we can increase economic development across the state. Feel free to visit our website at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call our office at 405.521.2161.