Sherman Veterans Day parade holds special meaning for Texoma family

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The Sherman Veterans Day parade had a different meaning for one family.

They went to honor the men and women who served our country and a loved one they lost only a week ago.

"He would give you the shirt off his back if it meant that you needed to be warm. He was that kind of person," said his sister Tonya Troxtell.

Kyle Troxtell wasn't a veteran, but Tonya said he had a selfless passion for giving back to those who have given their all for our country.

He passed away suddenly at his home on October 30, just over a week before the parade Saturday.

"It's such an honor to represent him now. I hope that we can carry it on as long as we can," said his wifeCindy Troxtell.

This year Kyle rebuilt a 2003 Ford F-350 to honor veterans to symbolize of the struggle they face when adjusting to life after war.

"She's beat up, she's got scars, she's got dents, she's got dings, but Kyle brought her back to the level that she is at as an honor for the veterans to represent what they went through," Tonya said.

For months, the 48-year-old brought his truck to events like local festivals and parades.

He named it "Freedom," so veterans could leave their legacy.

"So the truck on the inside when Kyle goes to events like this, he honors her by having the veterans sign the inside of the truck. It tells who they are, where they were, what wars they were in. It was very important to him that people understood that freedom is not free," Tonya said.

His dad Cles is a Navy veteran and knew Kyle's great respect for those who served.

His family knew "Freedom" had to be at the parade to honor veterans' legacies and to carry on Kyle's.

"This was the first Veterans day event that Kyle would've been at. So we really wanted to make sure that we carried out this commitment to him," Cles said.