Special Veterans Day Program to feature sculpture unveiling

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – A special Veterans Day program has been planned for Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Promenade.

An eagle statue created by James Van Nuys will be unveiled for the top of the Veterans War 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 program will feature guest speakers Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker, military officials and retired military chaplain Pastor Herb Cleveland. At least two veterans from four of the five wars on the memorial will be recognized, including individuals from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Gulf War.

“We at Destination Rapid City and Main Street Square are honored to provide recognition to those who served our country and those who continue to serve our country. The eagle has been a vision for several years, and we are happy to be able to complete the memorial,” said Dan Senftner, President and CEO of Destination Rapid City. “We invite area veterans and families to join us at the special program, as we honor our military men and women.”

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

The program is held in conjunction with the annual parade organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1273, starting at 11 a.m. The parade starts at Third and Main streets, flows west on Main St., south on Seventh St. and east on St. Joseph St. and ends at the corner of Third and St. Joseph streets.

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

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