Video of Riggs Students Reading Names of South Dakotans on Vietnam War Memorial Wall Now Online

Veterans Video Screenshot from November 2012



PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A video has been made public in which the names of South Dakotans who are listed on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.are read one-by-one.  The video was created by ten Pierre Riggs High School students and a Riggs teacher earlier this month.  The memorial wall is noting its 30th anniversary this year.  Steve Harding, Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs says his office was contacted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Committee-which is organizing a project in which videos are being made across the country.  In the videos, people from all 50 states are reading the names of residents of their states who perished during the war.

The committee is now publicizing the recordings.  In Pierre, a group of ten students, organized by teacher Jay Mickelson, read the names of the 193 South Dakotans listed on the wall.   Harding says it is a wonderful project and he thanked the students for their contribution to the thirty year commemoration of the Vietnam War Memorial.  This month, the Department of Defense also marked the 50-year commemoration of the Vietnam War.   The videos that have been created are meant to be a national thank you and welcome home for all Vietnam Veterans.  South Dakota’s names were read by Riggs students Tessa Myren, Grace Gunderson, Lydia Kanz, Sarah Kanz, Joni Willoughby, Justin Oakland, Grant Erwin, Louis Mehlhaff, Doug Bachand and Adam Bollinger.

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