|Updated: 4/09/2013 2:43 pm
||Published: 4/09/2013 2:27 pm
The Oklahoma Gold Star Medal of Honor was awarded in joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday.
The honor is given to members of the military born in Oklahoma who have lost their lives in the line of duty, or in a combat zone, since Sept. 11, 2001.
Tuesday’s ceremony, held on Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry Appreciation Day, marked the first time the state has presented the posthumous honor.
Senator Dan Newberry authored the Senate Bill that created the Oklahoma Gold Star Medal of Honor. Newberry praised the recipients of the award for their devotion to duty.
“These men are heroes in every sense, and they deserve to be honored and remembered,” said Newberry. “While we can never do enough to thank these men and their families, it is a tremendous privilege to be able to come together today and pay tribute to their bravery. We are humbled by their dedication, and eternally grateful for their sacrifice.”
The families of Army Specialist Christopher D. Horton of Owasso, and Army 2nd Lt. Jared Ewy of Edmond received the honor, both men were members of the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Brigade Combat Team, and were killed in action in Afghanistan.
Representative Randy Grau co-authored the bill and said Horton and Ewy served their country with honor and bravery.
“Today’s ceremony was one of those moments when partisan politics are set aside so that we may focus on what binds us together,” said Grau, R-Edmond. “Although no medal, ceremony, or words of comfort will ever make up for the great loss suffered by these families, we must always try to let them know how eternally grateful we are for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones.”