Rapid City honors veterans with special events, Monday
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Veterans are specially honored once a year on what was formerly known as Armistice Day. Whether it goes by Armistice, Remembrance or Veterans’ Day, November 11th is a national day set aside to remember our service men and women.
On Main Street in Rapid City members of several veteran-related organizations paid tribute with a ceremony and parade, followed by a luncheon with Mayor Steve Allender at the VFW Post 1723.
One such veteran, who also opened the ceremony at Main Street Square singing the National Anthem, was SrA Rachael Karpo. She was able to speak, along with other local veterans, about the impact the service has had on their life.
“I’m really, truly grateful to be here,” Karpo said. “I’m really, truly grateful to be a part of all of this, meet all these great people. I never sang the national anthem before I enlisted. I’m used to singing in bars. But [serving] has been such a great opportunity for me. I want to thank every single person that has served next to me, before me and that will serve after me.”
The ceremony took place starting at 10 a.m. Afterwards, at 11 a.m. (which is the time in which the armistice treaty ending WWI was signed in Paris, in 1918) the parade took place. The luncheon followed after with Allender and keynote speaker Commander Col. David Doss from Ellsworth Air Force Base.