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South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs to Unveil ?Guardians? at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery

For more information, contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs)
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will host an unveiling ceremony at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 1:00 pm (CT).  
Unveiled will be two eagle sculptures on the gates of the main entrance.
Eagles are common symbols of wisdom, vision, might, regality, and ferocity. The eagle eye is seen as a symbol of sharpness and accuracy, with the piercing gaze representing protection and vigilance.
“The eagles will serve as the guardians of the Cemetery, watching over the veterans and their loved ones who chose 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 spearheaded this project and secured all of the donated funds.
“We are excited and honored to share this day with our partners,” said Brown.  “We truly appreciate all that contributed their talents and funds to this endeavor.


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