The Walls of Honor are up at the monument site, as well as the military flags and POW/MIA and SD flags!
One wall was damaged and will be repaired within the next 60 days.
VETERAN'S DAY EVENT
FRIDAY 11 NOV 2022, 9AM
Please join us in Memorial Park at the Black Hills War Monument site, as we honor all who have served. The PCSO Color Guard will post the colors, and alocal US military veteran will speak on the importance of this holiday. For more info, call 605-209-6283.
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.
To recognize local military members who gave their lives for freedom in our nation’s wars and to raise public awareness of the BH War Monument and ensure our children and grandchildren NEVER FORGET the price paid for their freedom.
Maj Evart E Robeson, 35, Rapid City, SD | KIA 11/25/67 | Vietnam War. He served in the US Army, 187th Assault Helicopter Co, 269th Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. Awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, & Purple Heart. Buried at the BH National Cemetery.
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