SHERMAN, TEXAS -- A convoy of historic military vehicles led Monday's Veterans Day ceremonies in Grayson County.
Howell Brown and the Red River Valley Military Vehicle Preservation Association maintain these "veterans in iron," which many veterans see as a symbol of their service.
"They'll walk up and say, 'Boy, I recognize that smell.' There's something about that oil canvas that just sticks with them forever," Brown said.
The convoy continued on to Fairview Park, where veterans and community members gathered for a solemn tribute.
"It's to commemorate all veterans, and those that have come before us and those that have fallen and gave the ultimate sacrifice," Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Ray Flood said.
A local veteran had the honor of laying a wreath at the memorial.
Texas American Legion Commander Jim Fleming says the program showed great support for local veterans.
"This is one of the largest turn-outs I've seen here I think in a long time and it's really heart-warming to see that," Fleming said.
Flood addressed the crowd with a touching statement -- that every veteran there was family to him.
"I don't know them, but I think I know them in spirit, because we've all been there. We've all shared the same hardships, the same laughs; some of us the same stories," Flood said.
Stories that these veterans are glad to share on this Veterans Day.