Sculpture unveiling moved to Thursday, due to weather

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – The Veterans Day program and unveiling of a sculpture in Memorial Park has been postponed to Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. due to the weather.

The tribute to veterans will include speakers Col. Kevin Kennedy, of Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker and retired military chaplain Pastor Herb Cleveland. Also included are the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard, and a special recognition of veterans serving in the wars on the memorial, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Gulf War.

The statue unveiled is an eagle created by James Van Nuys, and is located on the top of the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park. As part of the creation of the Memorial Park Promenade and Legacy Commons Playground, the memorial was moved to a more visible location and a flag pole was installed. The statue is funded by Destination Rapid City.

The Veterans Memorial is pentagon-shaped with the base constructed with rock from Crazy Horse. It was originally built in the early 1990s spearheaded by former Rapid City Mayor Ed McLaughlin and VFW Member C.J. Mitchell.

The event is free and open to the public. Free coffee and cocoa will be provided.

Main Street Square event information can be found on, by calling 605-716-7979, or by stopping by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

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