RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of a flood in Rapid City that killed 238 people.
The anniversary is being commemorated with several events and activities throughout the weekend.
A wacipi, or powwow, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and will include a “wiping of tears” ceremony. The ceremony is typically performed a year after someone loses a loved one.
Following that, a convocation will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The event will feature speeches and presentations from former Rapid City Mayor Don Barnett, first responders and others. Larry Lyle, who was president of the Rapid City Council at the time of the flooding, will also give a presentation.
A community-wide flood memorial service will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center.
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