The Edmond Sun

November 7, 2011

Peters exemplifies service


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — This Friday is special for more than just a national commemoration of Veterans Day. It also will mark the induction of Edmond resident Oren Lee Peters and eight other military veterans into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. The annual banquet will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Oklahoma Christian University. The ceremony also will posthumously honor 14 Comanche code talkers who made pivotal contributions to encoding communications during World War II.

Peters, a lifelong Edmond resident, is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. His actions in World War II Italy made a mark on his life. He came home to Edmond after 581 days in service and completed his education while contributing to the formative years of hundreds of students at Edmond High School where he served as football, basketball and track coach during his career there. He is well-known for his many community endeavors, especially for his allegiance and service to the Boy Scouts of America for more than 70 years.

He serves as a shining example of the hundreds of other Edmond men and women who have or are currently serving their country with tremendous bravery, honor and sacrifice.

We urge every resident to take a moment this Friday to remember those who have given their lives this past year in service to our country. We cannot fill the holes they have left in their communities or their families, but we can be respectful and grateful for what they have given.

In the meantime, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Peters and the servicemen and women just like him who exemplify part of what makes America great.