March is here - only two months until the Black Hills War Monument Dedication Ceremony. On Monday, May 29, 2023, at 9:30am, we will honor those who served and died in our nation's wars. Memorial Day is also when we will dedicate the Black Hills War Monument, honoring 700 fallen military from World War I to the present. It will be a ceremony worthy of those who bravely and selflessly gave their lives for freedom. So mark your calendars for Memorial Day!
On July 5, 1991, the Black Hills Veteran’s Monument was dedicated in a ceremony at Memorial Park. It was built as a joint effort between VFW Post 1273 and the EAFB community, led by 37 BMS B1 Project Officer Capt Ed Manzano. SD Sen Tom Daschle and BGen Thad Wolfe, the senior commander of the base in 1991, spoke at the dedication ceremony. The hexagon shaped memorial was placed on a large stone donated by Crazy Horse Memorial founder Ruth Ziolkowski, and contains plaques honoring BH veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm/1st Iraqi War.
The Black Hills War Monument Association is a non-profit 501C3 comprised of military veterans, retirees and civilian Gold Star family members. The planned upgrade to the current Black Hills Veterans Memorial is highlighted by six magnificent granite walls with engraved names of almost 700 Black Hills military who died in wars from 1918 to the present. In addition, the six military service flags from each branch will be erected, as well as the POW/MIA flag and state of South Dakota flags. The theme NEVER FORGET is written on the bottom of each Wall of Honor, and the monument site will have night lighting to ensure 24 hour viewing by interested citizens. An embedded QR code in each wall allows viewers who take photos to be linked to the bhwma.org website, where the military legacies and histories of each fallen member can be viewed.
The new anticipated dedication date will be Memorial Day, May 29, 2023. Details and ceremony schedule will be posted on this website.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
– Elmer Davis
Below are links to alphabetical listings of Black Hills soldiers, sailors, and airmen from the *below listed counties, who gave their lives in defense of freedom for their fellow citizens, as well as countless citizens around the world. The BH Veterans Monument contains names from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War, Iraq/Afghanistan War on Terror, and names from BH POW-MIA listing.
(*Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, Bennett, Todd, Jackson counties).
Click the links below to review the names of those who laid down their lives for their families, friends, and country.
February 2023 Honor Roll
USAAC: 394th Bomb Group
★ Silver Star
USN board USS Saratoga sunk at Battle of Iwo Jima
USMC: Comp B, 1st Engin Battalion, 1st Marine Division PH
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