Sully vet’s monument turns 20

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:37 pm

In 1999, through the combined efforts of Onida’s Sully Post 79 American Legion and Agar’s American Legion Post No. 271, a monument was erected on the courthouse lawn to commemorate the military service of the county’s veterans.

Spearheaded by Bob Joachim of Post 271 and Pete McGee of Post 79, efforts to raise the $8,000 in funds needed to erect the memorial began in the fall of 1998, and a mock-up of the design was placed alongside a fundraising thermometer on the courthouse lawn. A fundraising supper was held on November 11, 1998, and a camcorder was raffled, tickets available for purchase from any legion member or at either BankWest or the Onida Bank [Sunrise Bank Dakota].

With fundraising complete, the memorial was unveiled on Memorial Day in 1999 in a ceremony led by Post 79 Commander Merlin Voorhees. District 10 Legion Commander Ron Boyd of Pierre was the featured speaker.

Engraved on the granite memorial are images of soldiers in various theaters of battle, and the following dedication: ‘This memorial is dedicated to those men and women veterans from this area who served our country in times of peace and war, and especially to those who gave their lives.’ A lighted flagpole was also erected as part of the memorial.

“It really is a neat memorial,” said Bob Joachim. “I look at it whenever I come to town.”

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