"I can't wait to get into the new home," said World War II Veteran Gerald Weischedel.
Even though he says he loves his current home at the South Dakota Veterans Home, it doesn't mean he isn't excited about the $41 million project. "I'm going to walk into it. I'm 86-years-old but I'm still going to walk through the doors," said Weischedel.
At a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, veterans and supporters came together to celebrate the creation of a new Michael Fitzmaurice Veterans Home, which Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels says didn't exactly come easy. "It's been lengthy. You obviously have to do designs and do various ideas. We've gone through a number of designs," says Michels.
But now, everything has come together. "This gives us a great opportunity to show the veterans how
much we care. That we, you know, want to provide the best for them," said Anne Remington, a nurse at the home.
And Remington knows it's not just a building, it's a home. "We are their family. Some unfortunately don't have any family due to past circumstances or their own loved ones have passed away, so we are their family," said Remington.
But not just a home for the veterans of today. "We have sons and other people that are getting our age and will be over here," said Weischedel.
The new home is expected to be completed by spring 2016.