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For more information, contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs)
PIERRE, S.D. In support of our veterans, military personnel, and their families, the South Dakota State Fair offers numerous events throughout the week honoring our heroes.   
The Fair will host a “Salute to Veterans” program on the Northwestern Energy Freedom Stage at 10:30 am on Thursday, September 1. Governor Kristi Noem and Midwest Honor Flight President and CEO Aaron Van Beek will be the keynote speakers.   All veterans and military personnel will receive free gate admission.    
On Friday, September 2, fairgoers are encouraged to wear red in support of our deployed troops.  Everyone in red is encouraged to meet at the Northwestern Energy Freedom Stage at 1:45 pm to take a group photo that will be sent to the troops.         
Throughout the week, fairgoers are encouraged to stop in at the Prostrollo Motors Building (just west of Flag Avenue and 2nd Street) and sign “thank you” signs for the troops.   After the Fair, the signs will be sent to the1742nd Transportation Company and the 235th Military Police Company, along with the photos.  
Staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the fair all week.   Look for us in the Expo Building (Booth #5A). The SDDVA team will be manning the booth from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursday through Sunday and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday. Our staff will be able to update veterans on state and federal benefits, programs, and services.
“We encourage all veterans to stop by the booth and meet our crew of experts,” said Greg Whitlock, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “Whether in peace or at war, the important role of our veterans cannot be denied. They are men and women from all walks of life that have one thing in common – a love for this great country. No matter where or when veterans have served, they’ve always served with distinction and their service to this country is a bridge that was built on courage, dedication, and patriotism.”
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