Parade seating reserved for WWII veterans, spouses World War II veterans, their spouses and their escorts will have a special blocks-long area of the state Capitol complex reserved for them to watch the parade that kicks off the dedication of South Dakota's new World War II Memorial in Pierre on Sept. 15.
"We want to make the day as special as we can for them, after all they did for us," Gov. Bill Janklow said.
The 137 entries begin their parade down Capitol Avenue at 10:50 a.m. The first entry, the South Dakota National Guard Command Group, is scheduled to pass in front of the Capitol building at approximately 11:05 a.m.
A B-1 bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base is scheduled to fly over the parade route at an altitude of about 1,000 feet and roar past the Capitol at about the same time the first entry arrives there.
Parade entries range from World War II fighting vehicles and veterans groups to approximately three dozen high school and college bands. If lined end to end, the entries would be 22,000 feet long � approximately four miles. The parade route itself covers 1.75 miles, running along Capitol Avenue from Poplar to Monroe streets.
The University of South Dakota Marching Coyotes will be one of approximately 140 entries in the parade.
Organizers estimate the parade will last approximately two hours. The formal dedication ceremony at the World War II Memorial is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. The memorial is on the northwest corner of Capitol Lake next to the Capitol building. World War II veterans and spouses will have reserved seating at the dedication ceremony. Shuttle service will be available to help them move from the parade viewing area to the memorial seating area.
For people wanting to watch the parade but unable to attend, the parade and dedication will be broadcast.
South Dakota will dedicate its World War II Memorial on Sept. 15 in Pierre. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be there.
In the weeks leading up to the Sept. 15 dedication, South Dakota Public Television, South Dakota Public Radio and SDPB Online will set the mood with a variety of programming to honor all of those who served.
South Dakota Public Television
During the first two weeks of September, South Dakota Public Television will look at World War II from a number of perspectives.
Two local programs will air � American Ace: The Joe Foss Story (8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10) and Pearl Harbor Survivors: South Dakota Stories (7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14). They are among a number of World War II related specials that are scheduled during the first two weeks of September.
On dedication day, Saturday, Sept. 15, SDPTV will offer full live coverage of the parade at 11 a.m. A special, The Big Band Sounds of World War II, follows at 1 p.m. Then, SDPTV offers full live coverage of the actual dedication at Capitol Lake at 2 p.m.
A two-hour dedication highlights program is planned at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.
South Dakota Public Radio
South Dakota Public Radio initiated its coverage in July by beginning its list of South Dakotans who died while serving their country during World War II. Approximately 2,000 South Dakotans died during the conflict. Each day, up to the Sept. 15 dedication, SDPR is announcing some 50 to 60 names daily.
Dakota Heroes, a special one-hour documentary by SDPR's award-winning news staff, will explore the state's role in World War II. It premieres at noon Friday, Sept. 14. Encores air at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
Big Band Spotlight With Carl Gehrke features the music of World War II at its regular time, 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 14, Jazz Nightly, from 8:30 to 10 p.m., will feature music of the era.
SDPB Online at www.sdbp.org/WWII will offer a wealth of information including live coverage of the parade and dedication on Sept. 15. In addition, the parade and dedication will be placed in the comprehensive www.sdpb.org library, available free to all via computer.
Other sdpb.org features will include links to the state's World War II Web site and information about Joe Foss and Pearl Harbor.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting's coverage of the South Dakota World War II Memorial Dedication is sponsored by the Friends of SDPB, Black Hills Corporation and SDN Communications.
For information, call 1 (800) 456-0766 or visit the SDPB web site (www.sdpb.org/WWII). The live broadcast of the South Dakota World War II Dedication and the highlights program and video will be closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
A highlights video of the South Dakota World War II Memorial Dedication will be offered by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Cost is $19.95 plus $5 shipping and handling (shipping and handling charge is waived for members of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting). Call 1-800-456-0766 to order your copy of the South Dakota Public Television production.
A CD of South Dakota Public Radio's documentary Dakota Heroes, about South Dakota's role during World War II, will be offered by South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Cost is $9.95 plus $3 shipping and handling (shipping and handling charge waived for members of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting). Call 1-800-456-0766 to order your copy.