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Honoring Our Veterans

The Face of a Veteran

In 1974, John Manning (pictured above) joined the military, following a long line of tradition of the men of the Manning family.  His Grandfather was in the Army Calvary, father served 21 years in the Air Force and both brothers also served our country.


Between three brothers and his father – 63 years were given to the United States Armed Forces.


John graduated from Midwest High School in 1968 and didn’t immediately join the Marines.  After working in downtown Oklahoma City for the Ford Manufacturing plant, he eventually elected to follow a family tradition and join the military and ended up serving for a total of twenty-years.


During his career, John served in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm (popularly known as the first Gulf War), and the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait War (Gulf War).


After retiring in the military, John started working in 1995 at Remington Park training horses.  A loyal and longtime resident of Oklahoma, John now lives at Edmond Health Care Center and today, Veterans Day, will be having lunch with his veteran brother, Don at Billy Sims Barbecue, who give Veterans a free meal today to those that served.


John is just one face of the many of our countries men and women that have served.  He is the face of honor, sacrifice and giving twenty years of his life to the United States.  We are honored to not only feature John and his family but also to thank the following residents for their service.


Veterans at Oak Hills Care Center:


William Hulsey, Army

Bryan Mock, Army

Kirk Owens, Army

Tony Paschal, Army

Bryan Petersen, Army

Veterans at Edmond Health Care Center:


Joe Cowan, Air Force

Eddy Fugett, Army

Jeffrey Fuller, Air Force

Rene Garza, Army

Jimmy Gaylor, Army

John Manning , Marines

Leagerald McFarthing, Army

Neil Robert, Army

Kenneth Sandlin, Air Force



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