Nelson, Van Gerpen propose POW/MIA holidayThere are at least five working holidays in state law - April 17 as Joe Foss Day, June 25 as Little Big Horn Recognition Day, Nov. 2 as South Dakota Statehood Day, Dec. 15 as Bill of Rights Day. and Dec. 29 as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection.
By: Staff reports, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, wants to designate the third Friday of September as a working holiday in recognition of U.S. prisoners of war and U.S. personnel missing in action.
The main Senate sponsor of HB 1067 is Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, RTyndall. Both are veterans.
State government offices would remain open. It’s essentially an honorary holiday. There was a time when Columbus Day was designated as a working holiday called Pioneer Day. In 1990, legislators changed the second Monday of October to a full holiday as Native American Day. However, many public schools hold classes on Native American Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (a federal holiday) and conduct special programs.
There are at least five working holidays in state law. Legislators in 2004 designated April 17 as Joe Foss Day each year. In 2001, lawmakers named Nov. 2 as South Dakota Statehood Day. In 1998, lawmakers made Dec. 15 Bill of Rights Day. In 1994, they named Dec. 29 as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection and June 25 as Little Big Horn Recognition Day.