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Fallen Veteran Honored in Ardmore

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While you spend time with your families and loved ones this holiday season the Daughter's of the American Revolution ask that you remember the men and women who put their lives on the line so our families can celebrate the season in freedom each year.  Meredith Saldana met with them and has more on this story.

Each year the Daughter's of the American Revolution place wreaths on the veteran monuments across Ardmore.

Tuesday they honored two heroic Ardmore men who selflessly served our country.

Nell Truitt of the DAR says, "Our remembrance is in our own home town where names of many service members are engraved on the monument outside."

The most recent name added to the monument downtown was Micheal Phillips, an Ardmore High School graduate, who lost his life in February of 2008 fighting for his country in Iraq.

His mother watched as a wreath was placed by his name on the memorial, one place she hoped to never have to see his name.

Angelia Phillips says, "I don't want it there but I'm glad that people remember and know that there are people in this world that are fighting for people they don't even know.  And if you think about that that's very humbling."

The Daughters of the American Revolution said they were honored to have Angelia Phillips there as they honored Micheal Phillips during his favorite time of year.

"Micheal loved Christmas," says Phillips.  "His favorite part was the stockings and this year he'll have an empty stocking hung on the wall and I'm trying very hard to fill it with memories."

His mother says another great way to honor a fallen soldier like her son this holiday season is to support their brothers and sisters in arms.

She's a part of  www.thankasoldier.net where they will find you someone to pen-pal with to make their deployment just a little easier.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News

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