Rapid City banner project honors SD veterans

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Glance up as you walk through Rapid City's Main Street Square these days, and you'll see a new tribute to South Dakotans who served during World War II.

Crews hung banners for the Veterans Honor Banner Project, which got its start in Kansas and has now reached the Black Hills.

The banners display the faces of World War II heroes in honor of Veterans Day. Each vet's banner is sponsored by a volunteer, and the project is growing. Project organizer Bill Casper said 43 volunteers already put in names for veterans they'd like to sponsor for next year, and any veteran can be sponsored.

"We're officially hanging the 18 banners we got permission to put up this year,” Casper said. “They're all World War II veterans. But again, we're looking for veterans - men and women - from any conflict."

One of the veterans represented downtown is 97-year-old Maury Crow. He was a B-17 flight engineer and top turret gunner during World War II. Sponsored by his nephew and wife, Crow said the banners were unexpected.

"It surprised me,” Crow said. “I'll tell you, I [didn't] know it was going to be that good and as big. I'm kind of overwhelmed actually."

Read more about current sponsors and represented veterans

The banners will be located along Fifth and Seventh Street and will remain there throughout November.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a veteran, contact Bill Casper at billcasper75@gmail.com.

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