CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings a dedication for the South Dakota Veterans Park-located next to the South Dakota Hall of Fame at Chamberlain. The idea to build a park in honor of all veterans came about last year and work started on the park property on May 1. Tom Davis is one of the local veterans who serve on a committee that has been focused on making the Veterans Park a reality:
Veterans Park is a location that honors vets from all military branches, including the National Guard. Davis says the location is for South Dakotans who have served their country and have been honorably discharged-or for those who are currently serving. He says there are a number of 8 ½ inch by 5 ½ inch granite pavers that make up one area in the Memorial part of the park. The pavers (or bricks) have been purchased by vets and list name, rank, military branch and year of service or war of service. Davis says some businesses or families have also bought bricks in honor of those who served or in memory of those missing or killed in action. Near the pavers are tablets that represent various military branches.
Davis says every war is represented at the park, from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan. He also says the park is being created in phases.
Davis says all of the first phase is done, about 90% of Phase Two is complete and Phase 3 is about one-third complete.
Today’s dedication and unveiling of the monuments will include comments from Gregory native-Brigadier General Myrna Williamson-who will also be added to the South Dakota Hall of Fame this weekend. In addition, there will be a military fly-over of a B-1 bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base during the national anthem. The ceremony starts at 2:00 p.m. and is expected to take about 30-40 minutes. For more information on the Veteran’s Park, visit the website www.tricountyveterans.org.
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