What Veterans Day means to this 100-year-old Sioux Falls Navy veteran

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rosalie Ovenden served as a records keeper for Bunker Hill Naval Air Station in Indiana during World War II. The now-100-year-old Sioux Falls resident talked to Sioux Falls Simplified about her experience in the service and what Veterans Day means to her.

"Before I joined the Navy, I never had any real commitment to my country," Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village resident Ovenden said. "Once I joined the Navy, I had an entirely different feeling about my country. And I think most of the people felt that way too, that they were doing something that was important, that would help history."

She is one of more than three dozen veterans at Good Samaritan's Sioux Falls Village nursing home who was honored during a party Friday morning – which Administrator Dana Bachmeier said is the most veterans the facility has seen at one time.

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