Vietnam Memorial unveiled at Black Hills National Cemetery
STURGIS, S.D. — A new memorial dedicated to the men and women of the Vietnam War was opened to display on Saturday at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Community members, veterans and families gathered at the cemetery Saturday on morning as the new memorial was unveiled.
Vietnam Veterans of America chapters 463 and 1039 sponsored the memorial, which will give future generations an understanding of the pain and sacrifice of veterans.
Senator Mike Rounds attended the unveiling, saying “Not only is it a chance to say welcome home once again but also say thank you for your service and share with the next generation how critical it is that young men and women step up and defend our country.”
The event also served to give a long-overdue recognition to a Vietnam Veteran. Major William Paris of Rapid City received his “V” device with his Bronze Star Medal on Saturday. The “V” device is warn to show that the service member performed acts of heroism during conflict. Paris earned the “V” device during his two tours in Vietnam, and only received it this weekend.