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Ray McCarter visited Emerson ...
Ray McCarter visited Emerson Elementary teaching 230 students about the importance of Veterans Day.
DUNCAN - "I won't forget the men who died and gave that right to me." These words, penned by Lee Greenwood in "God Bless the USA" were sung by 230 kindergarten to second grade Emerson Elementary students, thanking guest speaker Ray McCarter
and special visitor Marine Sgt.
"A veteran is someone who served in the military and served their country," McCarter
"The military is the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marine Corps."
also provided students with a background of the holiday, which has it not always been called "Veterans Day.
Originally, the holiday was called Armistice Day, noting the day that World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1919 and honoring all the veterans from World War I.
"It was called Armistice day until the 1950s when another president by the name of Dwight David Eisenhower decided they wanted to honor all veterans," McCarter
"Until then, in 1954, the veterans of World War II and Korean War were not being signified as veterans."
said that the military has changed in that servicemen and women are no longer drafted but now choose to serve.
"Everyone who is in the service have volunteered to be there and were not drafted," he
"The only ones who volunteer now are the ones who actually want to serve for freedom in our world today."
told the children that they too could one day be called upon to serve in the military and possibly fight in a war.
"I hate war," he
and Diaz's appearance was complete, all 230 students joined together and sang "God Bless the USA" as a show of appreciation for coming to their school.
McCarter served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1969 with a one and a half year tour in Vietnam.
Since then, he has remained a well-known voice in the community from serving as the superintendent of Central High schools, Marlow schools and serving on the state's House of Representatives for 12 years.
Since then, he
has retired and is now focusing on serving his
continues to reside in Marlow but travels the area giving talks especially on Memorial Day and Veterans Day on the importance of the services that veterans have given to this nation.
"I won't forget the men who died and gave that right to me." These words, penned by Lee Greenwood in "God Bless the USA" were sung by 230 kindergarten to second grade Emerson Elementary students, thanking guest speaker Ray McCarter
and special visitor Marine Sgt.
Ray Gene McCarter has been a ...
Ray Gene McCarter has been a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 1996, serving as assistant majority floor leader and on various committees including education, energy/technology, public safety, international economic development and veterans' affairs.A Vietnam veteran, McCarter holds a bachelor's from Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, a M.Ed. from Southwestern State College and an Ed.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and has worked as an educator and administrator.McCarter lives in Marlow with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.
"This honor means so much to me.Nothing in my life will ever compare to this," he
"Being a Chickasaw is really something to be proud of," McCarter
said, reflecting on the hardships that Chickasaws have endured since their removal from their historic homelands in the South in the 1830s.
McCarter to be inducted into ...
McCarter to be inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame
MARLOW — MARLOW — After a busy life as an educator and state representative, Ray McCarter
has been busy picking up awards.
Earlier this year, McCarter
was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame
, and at 4 p.m. Sunday in Oklahoma City, he'll be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
"First of all, it is a surprise and a great honor," McCarter
said of his
"I think why they did this is because I have worked a great deal with kids.
I had quite a bit of success as a wrestling coach, but what I really tried to do is make life better for kids that didn't have much."
will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
as an Outstanding American.
Although he never won a championship in high school or suited up for one college match, McCarter, a three-term member of the House of Representatives and former superintendent of schools for Marlow, has spent the better part of 40 years promoting wrestling in Oklahoma.
A coach at Okarche
, Mustang and Central High, McCarter
also officiated from 1970-85.
was awarded a pair of District Coach of the Year honors.
"I coached at Okarche
, and back then, it took 12 kids to make a team, and we usually only had six or seven," McCarter
"We didn't have a great dual record, but we had a lot of kids that did well at the state tournament."
At Mustang, McCarter
dual record improve.
"At Mustang, I had good records because back then we could wrestle up to 30 duals," he
"We'd have festivals and tri-duals and we'd have a record like 32-4, but now you don't have those dual records because of the rules."
After leaving Mustang to become a principal at Waurika, McCarter got away from coaching but stayed active in wrestling.
became the superintendent at Central High
started a wrestling program.
"We had some kids out there that wanted to learn some moves, so we threw down an old shag rug in a garage.
We had two or three individual state champions out there."
Through all of his
stayed active in wrestling for one reason: To help.
"The only reason I did that around here is for the kids.
Mostly, it was just to help kids," he
McCarter also worked with the OWCA Camps in Shawnee, providing support and facilities to train for international freestyle competitions.
While working with Leonard Shelton and Charles Hetrick, as well as many he
observed the dedication and sacrifice that helped lay the foundation necessary for the public service he
has performed since returning from a tour in Vietnam in 1969.
Also being inducted with McCarter
are Pat Fitzgerald, Dr. Robert Hines, Jerry Kuntz, Archie Randall and Wes White.
Ray Gene ...
Ray Gene McCarter
Ray Gene McCarter
Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, on October 2, 1946, to parents Fred L. and Marjean Kimberlin McCarter, Ray
often fended for himself and did what he
could to provide for a younger brother.
Through the encouragement of his
teachers and other community leaders, Ray
began to develop leadership skills that would serve him later in life.
After leaving high school, he served our country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Upon his return, Ray attended college, earning a bachelor of arts degree from the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, a master of education degree from Southwestern State College and a doctor of education degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Serving schools in Okarche, Mustang, Central, Marlow and Waurika, Oklahoma, he
continued to show his
dedication to education as a teacher, coach, referee and school administrator.
Since 1996, Dr. McCarter has served his community and state as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
There he has served on the Education Committee - Common Education, the Energy and Technology Committee, the Appropriations and Budget Committee, the Banking and Finance Committee, the Energy and Utility Regulation Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Public Safety Committee, the Veteran's and Military Affairs Committee and the International Economic Development Committee.
Rep. McCarter has also served as an Assistant Majority Floor Leader.
He is a member of his local church, serves on the advisory board of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council and has served on many committees within the Chickasaw Nation.
Ray Gene McCarter, Lt.Gov ...
Ray Gene McCarter, Lt.Gov Keel.
...Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby took part in the induction of Winchester Colbert, Ray Gene McCarter, Juanita Tate and Gene Underwood.
...Ray Gene McCarter
said "I can't believe it's happening.This is the biggest day in my entire life."He
added "this is the greatest honor that could ever be bestowed on me or anyone else."Rep. McCarter has served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 1996.As Representative of District 51, he has served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He has also served on numerous committees, including Education, Energy and Technology, Public Safety, International Economic Development, Veteran's and Military Affairs. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, he earned a doctorate degree in education.His career in education included time as a teacher, coach, referee and school administrator.