South Dakota Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Program

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PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will host a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29. The program will begin at 8:30 am (CT) and will be held at the SD Veterans Cemetery (25965 477th Avenue) in Sioux Falls.       


“It is with great pride and gratitude that we pause on Memorial Day to remember great and brave Americans – to recognize their valor and rejoice in the blessings their bravery has secured,” said South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock.  “We must continue the great tradition of expressing our heartfelt appreciation for the protectors and defenders of all we cherish and hold dear.”


Major General (Ret) Tim Reisch will serve as the keynote speaker.  Reisch has served a life of public service, including serving as sheriff of Miner County, deputy secretary and secretary of the South Dakota Department of Corrections, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, veterans service officer in Miner County, and state legislator in District 8. 


“It is our sacred duty to keep our veterans’ legacies alive for future generations,” said South Dakota Veterans Cemetery Director Erin Brown. “We are honor-bound to do so. They are  truly the cornerstone of our great nation.”


Because seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs with them.