- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A city in southeastern south Dakota will add a wall honoring veterans who were killed in action to its veterans park.

The Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/2pJzPA3) reported the 6- by 5-foot wall will be located in the center of the park in Mitchell and is expected to cost $11,000.

Organizers have discovered more than 30 veterans who were killed in action from Mitchell and the surrounding area. They expect as many as 75 names will be on the wall.

“Our big goal is we don’t want to miss anybody for this KIA wall,” said Joel Reinesch, a veterans park committee member. “If there was somebody that was killed in action, we want to make sure they get on this wall.”

The wall will be a stand-alone feature, with the goal of it being simple and impactful, Reinesch said. There will also be room left on the wall in case more names need to be added.

“We really want to be respectful and do it the right way the first time around,” Reinesch said.

The hope is to complete the $360,000 veterans park by mid-August. The park will also include a wall recognizing project donors, landscape work and a water feature.


Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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