It was a busy day at the National Guard here is Sioux Falls.
The men and women who served in the 114th Special Forces Squadron were honored by friends and family, along with some special guests.
The airmen's homecoming ceremony is a time for friends and family to come together to recognize the efforts of the men and women who serve.
The calendar may show Thanksgiving on Thursday, but today was a day to give thanks to the 114th Squadron of the National Guard.
Governor Daugaard said "it certainly is a good day to remember how thankful we all are to be americans and thankful for the volunteerism and courage of out South Dakota National Guard."
Daugaard gave his thanks to the men and women who served with the 114th Squadron. But the thanks didn't end there.
Chief Jeanne Gacke, 114th squadron, said "I'm thankful for the men and women that I get to serve with every single day because their governor, they all said it best, the South Dakota unit is one that stands above everybody else and I'm honored and privilieged to be a part of that."
Senior Airman Sean Fantroy said he has something to celebrate this Thanksgiving.
"It will be pretty special. I get to spend it with my fiancee, soon to be my wife in a couple weeks here, so I'm glad to make it home for family and friends for Thanksgiving," Fantoy said.
Gacke is the highest ranking chief on the deployment. She said she's also thankful for the support.
"To see so mnay families that supported every one of us, that it's just not one person that gets recognized, it's the whole unit. The foks that deployed as well as those that stayed behind, we couldn't have done either job without each other," Gacke said.
Gacke also says this Thanksgiving will take on a new meaning for her.
"It means more to me this year than it has in years past. Just to spend time with family and friends and let them know you do appreciate the time that you have with them. Your're never promised time, so take advantage of the time that you can," Gacke said.
A lesson for all of us this Thanksgiving.
The Airmen's homecoming ceremony is officially called a demobilization ceremony.
And as Major General Tim Reisch said, it's now a time of re-adjustment.
A time to get back to normalcy of their daily lives.
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