- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, S.D. (AP) - The town of Springfield will dedicate a veterans memorial later this month that has been five years in the making.

The monument is a 22-foot-tall gray granite spire bearing black granite panels etched with the names of nearly 2,000 veterans. A light at the top will be visible for miles around.

An Oct. 25 dedication ceremony is set in the community’s Terrace Park, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported (https://bit.ly/1LdJjZ9 ). Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, is scheduled to speak.

“We figured it would take five to six years to finish the project, and we’ll have completed it in five years and five days,” planning committee treasurer Don Irish said.

The committee formed in the fall of 2010, and efforts to raise $160,000 began on Memorial Day the following year. Ground was broken at this year’s Memorial Day program.



Officials are still trying to raise the last $10,000 before they turn the memorial over the American Legion, which will handle maintenance and any unexpected expenses. A pancake breakfast is scheduled Nov. 8 in the town’s community center.

The committee also hopes to maintain a Facebook page with biographies of the veterans, according to Irish.

“We tried to collect as much information about the veterans as possible and create a database that would be turned over to the Springfield Museum,” he said.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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