On June 1, 2015, the State of South Dakota held a ceremony to rededicate the South Dakota Civil War Monument in Pierre, SD. The monument was originally dedicated on June 1, 1920 in remembrance of the sacrifices of the veterans of the Civil War. The original dedication included members of the Grand Army of the Republic with then Governor Peter Norbeck leading the dedication. The rededication ceremony was lead by Governor Dennis Daugaard in which the ceremony was a reenactment of the original ceremony and speeches. There were members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in time period uniforms that participated and a special 35-star replica American flag was raised during the ceremony.
This monument was the first war monument erected on State grounds in Pierre, SD. It was erected on a small triangular shaped park with no other features. As part of the rededication, cement sidewalks were put in leading up to and around the monument. Also, two interpretive signs were added, along with lighting and a flag pole. These additions have helped give this monument the proper setting it deserves.
This gallery contains photographs I took of this ceremony and of some of the participants.