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Veterans Day named at State Fair

PIERRE — At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 28, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

At 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, the State Fair will host a "Salute to Veterans" program. The program will be on the Northwest Energy Freedom Stage (Recreation Avenue) and will include remarks delivered by Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Whether you are a veteran or currently serving, South Dakota wants to thank you and your family for the sacrifices you have made for this country and the citizens of South Dakota," said Zimmerman. "This is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to a group of veterans who have not heard it often enough over the years."

Department staff will have an Operation RAV (Reach All Veterans) booth set up near the Freedom Stage. All veterans are encouraged to stop by the booth and learn more about the benefits available to them.

Representatives from the Veterans Service Organizations and the county and tribal veterans service officers will have an informational booth in the Veterans Building on Flag Avenue. This booth will be staffed throughout the fair and will give veterans an opportunity to talk to experts about benefits and programs available to them, as well.