Most of the time, the crowd's favorite vehicles at the GM Heritage Center feature bright, shiny paint and chrome. But for at least one recent event, that was not the case. In early May, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) brought in to the Heritage Center twelve variants of the Stryker military vehicles. The huge armored combat vehicles, each weighing nearly 18 tons, joined the Heritage Center lineup, and clearly, stole the show, even though they weren't so bright and shiny. The army-green, flat- paint variants included a commander's vehicle, fire support, mobile gun system, NVC reconnaissance, mortar carrier, anti tank guided missile, engineering, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and infantry carrier vehicles.

Guests and dignitaries of the Stryker event included a retired four star general, several three star generals, as well as staff from GDLS and the US Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The opening ceremony featured the playing the national anthem, and continued with an inspirational description of the vehicles, their development and success, and included recognition of the troops who use them.