Area cemeteries honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day

STURGIS, S.D. — On this Memorial Day, the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis is holding a ceremony to honor those who lost their lives while serving our country.

After a brief speech, a moment of silence,  and the playing of taps, two wreaths were laid commemorate this day. One, representing the National Cemetery Administration — the other, the Cemetery Support Council.

“Just remember that it’s not a day off work, it’s not a day to have a good time although that will happen, but today is meant to honor all the soldiers, sailors and all these branches that have fallen for our freedom,” said Ron Root, a Road Captain of the American Legion Riders Post 22.

This year’s ceremony looked a little different from past years.

The ceremony was not open to the public — and consisted of a small crowd of people with everyone practicing social distancing,  to safely pay their respects to the fallen heroes of our nation.

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — The “Center of the Nation” coming together to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Belle Fourche community,  holding an abbreviated service this morning, hosted by VFW Post 3312, at Memorial hill in the Pine Slope Cemetery.

The event, serving as a reminder to the community that Memorial Day is for more than a three-day weekend.

“Somebody wearing a United States military uniform is serving somewhere on the globe and they will run the chance of losing their life on our behalf and that’s what Memorial Day is targeted to do,” said Blaine Anderson, the VFW Post 3312 Quarter Master. “To remember those people who have given everything so that we can live the way we enjoy.”

Patriotic music was performed by the “Center of Nation Brass”, and a rifle squad salute from the South Dakota National Guard’s 842nd Engineers.

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The Spearfish American Legion, and Auxiliary Post 164, holding a brief service at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Auxiliary members donated poppies and shares its significance on Memorial Day.

The Red Poppy, a flower found flourishing after a Battle in Belgium during World War I.

“Even with a pandemic, we are realizing that the history is going to keep our country to [keep] growing, to understand freedom and eventually, each of those stories will be able to be shared to next generations and generations into the future,” said Michelin Nelson, the President of Auxiliary Post 164.

Nelson says it’s important to preserve the memory of the soldiers — and the Poppy for generations to come through the day and telling the stories.

DEADWOOD, S.D. — A tribute to the fallen heroes at Outlaw Square in Deadwood, a part of the national movement “Taps Across America”.

Local musicians, and others in communities from coast-to-coast and beyond, combining their love for music and country by playing taps at 3 p.m. in all locations.

Outlaw Square Director Bobby Rock says taking a moment to thank american men and women who gave their all for their country, is what Memorial Day is all about.

“I just thought it was a good thing to do here and bring people just to a stop for a moment and remember,” said Rock.

Rock says today’s event was also dedicated to frontline workers, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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