So veterans like Col. Bill Libby (Ret.) are using the moment to encourage others about the importance of serving.
"It's not just you and making money and taking care of your family, its working for the betterment of your country and for the betterment of your own community," said Libby.
The McMurry professor has plenty of experience himself.
He joined the army when he was 18.
"It was very important at the time that I do that," said Libby.
It's part of a display at McMurry University to show just how important veterans are within the community.
It's also a way for Libby to send a message to a new, different generation.
"It's not so clear these days, veterans come home and may not be acknowledged by the communities," he said.
Young veterans like Joshua Ling aren't taking the message for granted.
"Everyone's very thankful for the service and the things you've done so its a good reward to come back home," said King, who served in Afghanistan.
Some of the pictures are more personal than others.
"It's (the painting) based on a photograph that my mother in law took when my husband came back from Guam," said Christina Wilson, a dean at the university.
Every item seems to have a whole new meaning, from the oldest generation to the newest, every face and every memento is a portrayal of service at its finest moment.
The "Salute To Our Military" exhibit will be on display through Dec. 3.