South Dakota State News


for more information contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or [email protected] (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs)

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will hold an unveiling ceremony at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

Two eagle sculptures will be unveiled on the doors of the main entrance.

Eagles are common symbols of wisdom, vision, power, royalty and ferocity. The eagle eye is considered a symbol of sharpness and precision, with the piercing gaze representing protection and vigilance.

“The eagles will serve as guardians of the cemetery, watching over veterans and their loved ones who have chosen to make the cemetery their forever home,” said cemetery director Erin Brown.

The sculptures were funded by private donations and by sculptor Jurek Jakowicz. Paul Weckman of Sanford Health led this project and secured all donated funds.

“We are thrilled and honored to share this day with our partners,” Brown said. “We truly appreciate everyone who has contributed their talents and funds to this endeavor.

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