Hundreds of Erath County residents attended the American Legion’s 98th annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Recreation Hall on Monday.

The ceremony included a rifle salute conducted by the Tarleton State University color guard and taps, performed by Jimmy Finney.

“Veterans Day means a lot but we forget about the veterans’ families. It’s very hard on them sometimes,” said Larry Cole, resident of Hillsboro.

Many veterans came to show their support and pay their respects.

“It [Veterans Day] means the world to me. My first career was as a naval officer and I feel so closely connected to the veterans of all of the branches of the services and it’s been one of the pleasures living here in Stephenville as the affiliation with the American Legion and with the veterans in the entire community,” said Burton Smith, Navy veteran and former Spanish teacher at Tarleton State University.

Freyda Sherrill, a 97-year-old World War II nurse featured in Saturday’s edition of the E-T, was also there.

The keynote speaker was Dan Corbin, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who is currently serving The American Legion Department of Texas as state judge advocate.

Corbin received two bronze stars for his service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.

“On Memorial Day, we remember those who died in service to our country. Veterans Day is just a day to thank everybody who has served; that’s what it’s all about: thanks,” Corbin said.