Bridge to be dedicated in honor of U.S. Army SSG Gregory Wagner

Ceremony to take place Nov. 11 in Alexandria

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock speaks during a SDDVA State Bridge Dedication Ceremony honoring U.S. Army Air Force Combat Veteran Sergeant William Christensen earlier this month at American Legion Post 194 in Parkston in this Mitchell Republic file photo. (Matt Gade / Mitchell Republic)
Matt Gade

ALEXANDRIA — The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will host a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Gregory Wagner.

The ceremony will be Thursday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Hanson High School gymnasium in Alexandria, located at 600 Juniper Street.

The South Dakota Highway 38 bridge over the James River east of Mitchell will be dedicated to Wagner.

Wagner graduated in 1989 from Hanson High School in Alexandria, and soon after enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard. His unit was deployed to Iraq in October of 2005. On May 8, 2006, he died when his convoy was attacked in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Naming bridges in honor of our combat veterans who died while serving their country is an initiative of Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Military, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs.

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