When Mike Plummer was named Shapiro award winner a few weeks ago, my first response was to think was he already a winner. After all he had done so much over the years....But alas this was his year to be honored and he was warmly praised and received tonight at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at Watertown's Ramada Inn.
The retired Army Colonel and city resident is best known for his creation of the innovative "adopt a platoon" program that has provided home town outreach to over 150,000 GI's serving in the most remote reaches of the world.
Plummer says he created it as a foil to his days in the VietNam era Army when the home front was hostile too many times for returning soldiers.
I always found Col. Plummer to be a straight forward, always looking to help type of person.
His acceptance remarks were humble, humorous and well-received by the packed house that included current Fort Drum CO, Maj. General James Terry.
For the Plummers it was an honor earned, and a life of service appreciated by the rest of us.