PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekend brought a cleanup of memorial statues and markers near the Capitol building. Members of the organization Vietnam Era Veterans Association (VEVA) gathered Saturday morning to spruce up the war memorials. This year, they also cleaned the EMT, Law Enforcement and Firefighters memorials and they worked across from the Capitol at the Soldiers and Sailors Building to maintain the Purple Heart Memorial and the Liberty Bell. The group did a thorough cleaning of the war memorials last year and VEVA member John Moisan says that helped make this year’s work a bit easier. However, he says some parts of the memorial site, like the water-filled flaming fountain, took plenty of elbow grease.
The volunteers also pulled out coins and a few assorted items from the waters which lead down to Capitol Lake. Moisan says besides VEVA members, others showed up to assist Saturday, as well.
Fellow VEVA member Hal Rumpca of Pierre says keeping the sites maintained and clean is important.
Laurie Gates of Sioux Falls, a former Pierre resident, says she showed up Saturday for a number of reasons.
After the work was complete, the group gathered for lunch at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center and a wreath was also presented at the Vietnam Memorial. Those wanting more information about VEVA can contact VEVA President Wade Hubbard 224-4723.
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