IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN HEROS | May 30, 2022 | 9:00-10 AM - At the Veteran’s Memorial in Memorial Park, corner of 5th/Omaha St.
You are invited to join us as we remember all military members who have given their lives in defense of freedom. RC Post 22 Honor Guard will post the military flag colors, perform a rifle volley salute, and play TAPS, the traditional military salute for fallen comrades. There will be a special speaker and guests will include relatives of local WW II heroes. Call 6052096283 for info.
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 newly formed Black Hills War Monument Association, consisting of retired military members and civilian Gold Star relatives, has been planning an upgrade to the BH Veterans Monument since June 2021. Their upgrade will cover the War on Terror Conflicts from 2001-2021, also honoring Cold War and POW/MIA servicemen from the Black Hills. In addition, the monument upgrade will add military service flags, the POW MIA flag, and state of SD Flag to the monument site, and will erect walls of granite name, rank, and military branch of over 634 soldiers by name, rank and military branch, killed in wars over the past 100 years. The theme NEVER FORGET will be inscribed on the bottom of each slab of granite.
The dedication date for the Black Hills War Monument is 9/11/22 at 1:30pm. More details coming soon.
"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.
The Black Hills Veterans Monument will be primarily funded by private and corporate donations. Interested citizens can donate by mail to the address listed below. A tax deductible receipt will be mailed to all donors.
Make checks payable to BHWMA:
BHWMA is a 501C3 non profit and is registered in the state of South Dakota. For more info call 605-209-6283 or email us.
Contribution over $10,000
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