PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers now say that they have pinned down a time for a deactivation ceremony to be held at Riggs High School Saturday for members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 200th Engineer Company. The 180-some members of the unit have served in Afghanistan for the past year and have been in Fort Dix, New Jersey since May 2. The unit is based in Pierre but has detachments in Mobridge and Chamberlain. Guard officials say that the troops will fly to Sioux Falls early Saturday morning and will ride by bus to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area in time for a parade through the two communities-starting from the Stanley County Fairgrounds at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Plans call for the guardsmen and women to be seated on chairs on flatbed trailers and they will travel slowly along Highway 83 through Fort Pierre, across the bridge, will follow Sioux Avenue east and travel north on Jefferson Avenue to Riggs High School where there will be a deactivation ceremony-starting at 10:00 a.m. People are being encouraged to line the route to welcome the troops home. The Saturday morning ceremony is expected to last an hour to 90 minutes. It will include performances by the Riggs High School Drum Line and the Capital City Children’s Chorus, along with a Lakota Honor Song. Officials including Governor Dennis Daugaard, Adjutant General Timothy Reisch and the mayors of Pierre and Fort Pierre are going to be at the ceremony. There will be a roll call of members and the ceremony will also feature the reading of the order of deactivation. Join 1060-KGFX and 1300-KOLY for coverage of the ceremony, and we’ll also offer audio on our website at www.drgnews.com.
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