South Dakotans invited to Heroes Parade

South Dakotans invited to Heroes Parade Gov. Mike Rounds is inviting all South Dakotans to participate in the Heroes Parade the day of the Korean War Memorial, Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

"We are expecting more than 15,000 people to attend this fantastic event," said Gov. Rounds. "We're inviting all South Dakotans to help us honor Korean War Veterans and to make this one of the most highly attended parades in South Dakota."

"We are really excited to have 26 bands already registered to be in the parade," said John Moisan, Korean War Memorial co-chair. "We want to make sure that South Dakotans can proudly honor those veterans who fought for freedom in Korea."

Those interested in entering the parade must complete both a registration and release form to participate, and no entry fee is required. For the forms and detailed listing of Korean War parade regulations, visit http:// www.state.sd.us/news/items/kwm_parade_registration.pdf. The parade committee would like entries to include: bands,

floats, fraternal organizations, military equipment, veteran organizations, flag groups, motorcycle units and equestrian entries.

General parade rules include:


* �Entry descriptions must be sent to the governor's office

by Aug. 31;


* �Entries that do not meet parade standards will not be allowed in the parade;


* No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the staging area or on the parade route;


* �Nothing may be handed out, thrown or tossed from entries or by walkers.

A black hawk helicopter flyover will commence the parade, followed by a formal dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. at Capitol Lake. Plans also include a balloon release, daytime fireworks display and modern and vintage military aircraft flyovers. More than 3,000 young people from South Dakota high schools and colleges will play music together during the ceremony.

Visit http://koreanwarmemo rial.sd.gov/ or call 1-800-577-5152 for more information about registering Korean War veterans, using the KWM logo, registering volunteers, donating to the memorial, using K-12 student resources, reading Demilitarized Zone stories and more.

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