Watertown held its annual Veterans Day Program at the Codington County Extension building this (Wednesday) morning. Those in attendance were encouraged to wear masks as they were positioned six feet apart on their chairs. Distinguished guests, including Gold Star Wife, Connie Miller, were recognized for their attendance. Lehla Pietz provided the music for the program.
The guest speaker was Lee Gabel. Gabel retired from the United States Army as a Colonel in 2012. He worked in intelligence and served in many places around the world, including the Ukraine where he worked at the United States Embassy. Gabel spoke about the price military veterans have paid for the love of the country including laying aside personal plans, sacrifices of time away from family members, wounds and scars both visible and invisible and the ultimate price tag of laying down one’s life for others. Gabel cautioned those in attendance to not think of love as popular culture has……
Gabel said we must remember to serve for the good of others, not ourselves and thanked the veterans for paying the various prices to show love for the country….
According to Codington County Veterans Service Officer, Todd Rose, there are 2,000 veterans in Codington County.