As he opened Basin Electric’s 51st annual meeting President Roy Ireland talked about Basin Electric, some of the challenges the cooperative is facing and its subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company.
He talked about how honored he is “to serve as president of this great cooperative organization.” But, above all, he talked about the people, specifically its employees and members that serve or have served our country in the military.
He shared how much it means to Basin Electric to have been honored with the Freedom Award this year and he recognized all the veterans in the audience.
“With Veteran’s Day this Sunday, I would like to ask all those in the audience who have served our country in any branch of the military as well as our retired and active Guard and Reserve employees to stand and be recognized,” Ireland said.
With that, a number of America’s heroes stood and the audience acknowledged their service. Watch the video.
Basin Electric received the Freedom Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 20. Ireland and Basin Electric CEO Andrew M. Serri along with a number of employee service members and their spouses attended the ceremony where Serri accepted the award on Basin Electric’s behalf.