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Memorial Day ceremonies held at BH National Cemetery
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Memorial Day ceremonies held at BH National Cemetery

STURGIS, S.D. – It was Memorial Day Monday, and the Black Hills National Cemetery held its annual pair of ceremonies to honor fallen soldiers.

The first commemoration was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and featured guest speakers, a flag presentation ceremony and the laying of wreaths. Officials with the VFW say Memorial Day is a time for people to remember the sacrifices involved to safeguard their freedoms.

The second commemoration was hosted by the Oglala, Rosebud and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes and honored the service and sacrifices made by Native American service members throughout history.

Oglala Sioux Tribe president Frank Star Comes says Native Americans serve in the military at a higher rate per capita than any other demographic and it’s important to honor the soldiers who didn’t make it back.

A former Marine, he says it’s important to remember the sacrifices made by soldiers – not just on the battlefield, but those who returned and lost their lives to conditions like PTSD.

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