Spearfish comes together to celebrate new addition to Veterans Monument

SPEARFISH, S.D.– At least 50 people showed up on Sunday, September 11 to Spearfish’s City Park for a commemoration of the third wall for the city’s Veterans Monument. The event began with a ringing of a bell three rounds of three rings, to honor the thousands of people lost during the September 11 attacks on both World Trade Center buildings.

A local chaplain led the crowd in prayer before community members were honored for their support in bringing this project to fruition. With speeches from those honored and the mayor of Spearfish himself, the ceremony closed out with a prayer.

The plan for the completed structures is to build it in the shape of a pentagon, a central piece connecting five granite walls with five branches of the military: The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

Spearfish Veterans Monument New Wall“The third wall made the monument look more like what it is going to at the end,” Treasurer for the Spearfish Veterans Monument Doug Henwood said. “It kind of brings it all together, which means a lot to us. We have been at this since 2010.”

Including veterans that are alive and those that have passed, just under 1,500 names are included on the walls so far, Henwood says. However, as they continue to raise funding for the remaining pieces, they are also looking for more names.

In order to be eligible, one must have or have had proof of an established residence under the 57783 zip code the city of Spearfish falls under and been in the city limits for at least a year. Documents such as a DD 214, which provides military records, must also be submitted for proof of service.

For more information on how to be part of the monument, head to their website here. Their website also features a page on ways to donate.

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