CAP Squadrons Commemorate Memorial Day
South Dakota CAP squadrons placed flags on the graves of veterans and participated in this year's Memorial Day ceremonies.
Squadrons Team Up to Place Flags
Thirteen members from Lincoln County Composite Squadron participated, including seven cadets and six senior members, with assistance from three family members. Nineteen members from Sioux Falls Composite Squadron participated, including 13 cadets and six senior members. Two members of the South Dakota Wing staff also joined the effort.
The CAP members placed over 500 flags at the Hills of Rest Cemetery, Sioux Falls, on Thursday, May 26.
CAP instills values of integrity, duty, and honoring our fallen veterans in its cadet development, and placing flags on grave sites is honoring to both the cadets and the veterans buried there.
Flags Placed on Veteran Graves by Pierre Squadron
On Saturday, May 28, Pierre Composite Squadron members Capt Ruth Carley, Squadron Commander, Lt Col Myra Christensen, Maj Lee Vaughan, MSgt Jonathan Hays and Lt Col Nancy McKenney along with members of other organizations and individuals gave their time to place flags on the graves of veterans
Memorial Day Observance Held In Riggs High School Theatre
Each year Memorial Day is observed by residents of Pierre at they attend a memorial service at the T. F. Riggs High School Theatre in the heart of the city. Music begins at 10:30 a. m. with the service starting at 11:00 a. m. Seventeen area veteran’s clubs participated this year with CAP among them. Capt Ruth Carley and Jonathan Hays participated in the observance and Capt Carley laid a CAP wreath in memory of those who served. Guest Speaker this year was USMC Ken Korkow. Korkow fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Navy Cross, the second-highest award for combat valor, for his actions while serving there.
Big Sioux Color Guard Performs
The Big Sioux Composite Squadron color guard presented the colors during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Stoney Brook Suites Assisted Living Center. The squadron has supported the ceremony for several years, sponsored each year by the Brookings VFW.