The old downtown armory on the corner of Comanche and Jones Streets stood for many years as a symbol of patriotism. Many a Cleveland County soldier who joined the 45th Infantry drilled at the armory.

That building came down years ago to make way for the county jail and office building but a small monument was put up at the site, noting the 45th's contribution to the American military.

When the county's contractor began adding two floors to the office building, the monument was right in the middle of the workers' staging area and many a local veteran expressed concern that their monument would be damaged.

We're happy to report that the contractor, Nashert Construction Co., of Oklahoma City, and county crews have done a good job cleaning up the monument and the corner. Local veteran Warren Myers shared a Memorial Day photo of the site. The blue and red colors of the company look proud next to the American flag.

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