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Remembering cost of war at Watertown Veterans Day ceremony

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Today, millions of Americans paused to recognize the sacrifice of our veterans.

Many celebrations were held right here in our area.

In Watertown, several groups got together to honor America's vets.

Many people took part in the Watertown ceremony.

There were vets from Vietnam, the American Legion, the Marine Corps, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

So many different groups of people, but who all share with us, the many costs of war.

Phil Ringstrom is a retired naval reserve vet and the keynote speaker at the Codington County Veterans Day ceremony in Watertown.

"It stirs in me a sense of pride that I was given the opportunity to serve my country and also a sense of sorrow of the fact of all the sacrifices and losses we've had. I'm honored to be here and honored to be able to speak on behalf of veterans," Ringstrom said.

Ringstrom wants people to recognize the efforts of all who serve our country.

"The main point I'd like to make today is the sacrifices of veterans of all wars. The war to end wars is why we have veterans day, to the point where we are today, still at war and winding down from a war," Ringstrom said.

He also wants people to think about what those sacrifices mean to all of us.

"Hopefully, we start to think about what the cost of war is besides the cost of the deficit in dollars, the expense of lives has not been examined. We can worry about the deficit but I think we have to pay attention to the costs, the sacrifices of Americans and their family members," Ringstrom said.

And Veterans Day means a lot to this retired navy commander.

"I would just say a sense of pride. Veteran's Day is a very important day for veterans.  We feel good about the fact that we get together and recognize each other."

Ringstrom said every Veterans Day is part of the healing process for vets.

"We look at the camaraderie of veterans and non-veterans, but everybody coming together to honor the experience of a veteran, it helps with re-adjusting through our life long struggle of remembrance of what war is," Ringstrom said.

The great war Ringstrom refers to is world war one.

Which is why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th.

It was at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Germans agreed to stop fighting.

And while today is officially Veterans Day, it's also observed tomorrow as a federal holiday.

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