Dozens of veterans joined Senate and House members in the state House chamber Wednesday for a rare joint legislative session held to honor Oklahoma veterans.
House Speaker Jeff Hickman praised veterans for protecting this nation’s freedoms from those who would impose tyranny.
“When we think of the word ‘veteran,’ we think of the words ‘sacrifice,’ we think of the words, ‘service,’” Hickman said. “Those are words that all of us can make a part of our everyday character....At this very hour, there are those serving our country in places none of us would want to be, doing things that none of us would even want to think about.”
State Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman also lauded Oklahoma veterans for their service.
“We are among many heroes,” Bingman said. “Per capita Oklahoma is among the top 10 states in the nation for military service....I take great pride in the fact that this state has been home to so many willing to give so much in the name of God and country.”
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb lamented that he has been guilty in the past of describing athletes as heroes in conversations with his children.
“That’s not only wrong, it’s not true,” Lamb said. “Heroes do not wear jerseys. Heroes wear uniforms. To be precise, heroes wear military uniforms.”
The Oklahoma Veterans Council honored state Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, and state Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Ardmore, by naming them as their organization’s state lawmakers of the year.