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World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony Planning Records, 2001

Identifier: ACC 2002-017

Scope and Contents

This collection contains planning records, such as committee binders documenting coordination meetings, information about activities planned for the dedication ceremonies, photographs used to prepare the programs and brochures, maps of Pierre outlining special parking and area events, school and community fundraisers, and data for presentation on the memorial website (

Also included are letters sent in response to Governor Janklow's plea for information on surviving personnel and their families. Responses include names and addresses of service personnel (medical or soldiery) or their families, and World War II active duty assignments. Committee members printed obituaries from internet sources of South Dakota newspapers. Some veterans responded by sending in epistles of their war activities with descriptions of battles and names of soldiers. There are also letters addressed to the Governor thanking him for South Dakota's tribute to the forgotten men and women who served their country.


  • 2001

History of the World War II Memorial

Governor William J. Janklow announced in March 2000 the construction of a World War II Memorial on the Capitol grounds to pay tribute to all the past and present South Dakotans who contributed to the war effort both overseas and on the home front.

The memorial consists of six bronze figures representing the branches of service in which South Dakotans served during World War II. They are set on a peninsula constructed into Capitol Lake, facing the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials and the Flaming Fountain.

Dedication ceremonies for the World War II Memorial culminated in three days of events with parades, speeches, dances, and other activities with community-wide civic and religious organizational involvement.


2.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)