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Ardmore Post Office Renamed for Fallen Hero

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ARDMORE, OK -- A family's undying love and a new mission reached a milestone Monday afternoon. The Ardmore Post Office will take a new name- one of a fallen soldier.

"When my son was [in Iraq], my mission was to take care of him by sending care packages. His mission there was to take care of the man to the left and the man to the right. So when he couldn't do his job anymore, we had to step up and do it for him," Angelia Phillips explained.

Phillips is the mother of Specialist Micheal E. Phillips who will lend his name to the Post Office. As she mailed packages to her new "combat sons", she decided to list the help of US Representative Tom Cole.

"It's often said, I guess it's tried, but true, we're the land of the free because of the brave and it's the men and women who put on the uniform of the United States," Cole told the crowd.

Cole attended the ceremony and helped unveil the new plaque, personally thanking the military members present.

"I just want to tell you as a representative of the US government, thank you very much for the service and the sacrifice. The American military has been the shield, and the US Army has been the shield of the Republic for 235 years," said Cole.

Phillips will always remember he son, but she wants all soldiers to be remembered, too.

"Micheal's name is going to be on this post office, but it's a reminder that the way we truly honor our fallen is to take care of those who are still serving and those that come home, especially our wounded," said Phillips.

The Phillips family also raised hundreds of dollars to fill care packages and pay postage to send the boxes from the newly renamed post office to soldiers still battling overseas.