LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Cameron University got an early start on its Veteran's Day celebration by holding its ceremony on Friday.
The event started with a free meal for Veterans and their families.
Then later, Fort Sill's new Commanding General Wilson Shoffner delivered the keynote address.
In honor of the day, the university put seven-thousand flags on display to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Michael Gray attended the ceremony with his family.
He's served on every continent except Australia and retired in 2014.
"I served in four wars," said Gray. "Two Iraq. Two Afghanistan."
He said the day is not only a celebration for himself, but a time of remembrance for the loved ones he lost.
"Part of my also being out here too was to pay homage to my brothers that gave their lives and gave me this jacket," said Gray. "I wear it twice a year."
But he said Veterans should be honored every day, which was the purpose of the ceremony.
Cameron President John McArthur read the National remembrance roll call of 36 men and women who died since the last Veterans Day.
"We should remember our fallen every day, but having a day to focus them to do it together as a community I think is very important," said McArthur. "It's a tradition we hope to continue for a long time."
Major-General Shoffner also left the audience with the lasting quote, "You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
Which is what Gray said he hopes will continue long after the ceremony.
"Just tell someone that has sacrificed for their country and have served in their country and that is serving," said Gray. "Just say thank you and show some love."
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