Dozens of current and former members of the 45th Infantry Brigade were recognized Tuesday on the floor of the Oklahoma Legislature for their service.
The 45th Infantry Division Appreciation Day is an annual tradition. It was started to acknowledge the sacrifices made by the 45th during World War II and the Korean War, but it has expanded in the last few years to pay tribute to the men and women who've fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Nineteen Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their families were invited to the ceremony. Lawmakers and military leaders recognized the fallen soldiers and their sacrifice, and thanked the 45th for their service.
"You should know, you should all know, that due in large part to the efforts of the 45th and the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron of the Air National Guard, the Afghan people are safer and the country will never again be used as a haven and training ground for terrorists who wish to attack the United States," Major General Myles Deering, Adjutant General of Oklahoma, said.