EDMOND — Most of the men who live at Edmond Mansions are veterans, and their devotion to “God and country” was lauded during a Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by Edmond's American Legion post.
Thirty-four residents of the independent living center, most of whom served during World War II and the Korean conflict, were joined by their families and fellow residents for the event Saturday.
Calvin C. Turpin, 88, former national chaplain of the American Legion and an Edmond Mansions resident, tried to put it all in perspective.
“What we all have in common is that we were there when America needed us,” he said.
The American Legion gave special recognition to Brown Hudson for his work in providing aerial maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two Japanese cities targeted by the atomic bomb in 1945.
“I wasn't expecting this,” Hudson said after the ceremony.
Hudson was stationed in India under the command of Gen. Curtis LeMay.
“They showed me the aerial damage photographs of Hiroshima,” he said. “I thought it was 120 airplanes that did that damage. But it was just one.”
Hudson's war service was also singled out by the keynote speaker, Brig. Gen. Brian McKiernan, commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill.
McKiernan saluted the Marine Corps on its 237th birthday and paid tribute to the sacrifices of those present.
“It is appropriate we pause at least once a year to honor our veterans,” he said.