Veterans memorial dedication slated for Veteran's Day by M. Jill Karolevitz Dedication of the Clay County Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Clay County Courthouse will take place Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to correspond with the time and date when fighting ended World War I in 1918 on what was to become known as Armistice, or Veterans Day.
The public is invited to the ceremony.
�We are coordinating a dedication ceremony with the VFW and American Legion,� said Leo Powell, a member of the Veterans Memorial Committee. �We don�t know who the speakers will be yet, but the date is set.�
Work on the memorial, which has been designed to stand in tribute to all veterans � past, present and future � who have served their country in the armed forces. It features the three monuments donated to the city in 1995 by the late Kenneth Mockler, the American flag, service flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and the veterans monument from Prentis Park.
�We�ve been asked why we don�t have the flags flying yet,� Powell said. �But the plan is to raise them for the first time at the dedication ceremony.�
Benches and landscaping surround the patio area of the memorial, which can be accessed at the corner of Main and High streets, or from the north courthouse parking lot.
�A lot of people have commented about how wonderful the memorial looks,� Powell said. �They are impressed with it. In fact, one day while I was there doing some work, a woman in a pickup gave us a big smile and thumbs-up signal. I have no idea who she was, but she seemed happy with what we were doing.�
The Veterans Memorial Committee has been working to raise funds for the completion of the monument since its inception. About $10,000 is still needed for final expenses.
Anyone is invited to contribute to the memorial�s construction, Powell said. Donations can be mailed to the City of Vermillion, Attn. Veterans Memorial, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. Checks should be made payable to the City of Vermillion/Veterans Memorial.
Any amount is welcome and those who donate $50 or more will receive a certificate listing the amount of their donation and their names or who the donation is in memory of. There are no names on the memorial itself.
�This is something that will be there forever to honor our veterans,� Powell said. �Along with the veterans who have died, we want to pay tribute to those who are still living, along with their families. They should all be honored.�