SHERMAN, TX---One local veteran hopes people will remember the sacrifices that have been made to protect our freedoms.
"You know you should thank God every day that you have men and women in uniform keeping us free." said Flood.
Retired U.S. Army Sargent Ray Flood is the Veteran of Foreign Wars commander in Sherman.
He served for 25 years in the army and was in Vietnam for two of those, a time in his life, he says, still troubles him. Flood recalls the criticism he and his men received when they would come home.
"I have not very fond memories of coming home, unlike a lot of war heroes, you've got to understand in our era of Vietnam, we weren't considered war heroes." said Flood.
It's estimated over 45,000 were killed in action during Vietnam.
The faces of numerous men and women align the wall at the VFW, showing the support for the veterans in this community, who all fought with bravery in several wars.
"When you come home now, I want everybody to be met, and say thank you." said Flood.
A simple thank you for the chance to enjoy the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
"It's like chewing gum. We chew gum and we take it for granted, but what if you are someplace where you wake up in the morning and you want a piece of chewing gum and you can't get it?" said Flood.
Flood hopes people use veterans day as an opportunity to remember those who fought for these freedoms.
"If you go home this evening and you want to put on that barbeque and you want to watch that movie by all means do that, and enjoy it because somebody earned that right, but don't forget them, don't forget about them." said Flood.
Remembering those from the past who have provided what we now have in the present.
"It's a wonderful thing, freedom is a wonderful thing, we are so lucky." said Flood.