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MONUMENTS &  Memorials

                 There are wonderful monuments and                a welcome resting place for migratory
                 memorials near the capitol like the              waterfowl. Nearby memorials also honor
                 Fighting Stallions Memorial, honoring            the state’s fallen firefighters and law
                 eight South Dakotans, including Governor         enforcement officers.
                 George Mickelson, who died in a plane
                 crash in 1993. The state’s World War II      >  South Dakota National
                 Memorial is set on a peninsula built into        Guard Museum
                 Capitol Lake and consists of six bronzed
                 figures representing the military branches       Established in 1862 as a frontier militia,
                 in which South Dakotans served. Facing           the South Dakota National Guard is
                 the WWII Monument is the Korean War              tightly woven into the state’s history.
                 Memorial, a wall bearing the names               The South Dakota National Guard Museum
                 of the state’s fallen heroes. The Flaming        in Pierre is the state’s repository for relics,
                 Fountain Memorial features a flowing             memorabilia and historical documents
                 artesian well and provides a centerpiece         relating to the guard’s activities from the
                 for the war memorials. This warm-water           late 1800s through recent peacekeeping
                 fountain flows into Capitol Lake, keeping        missions. Open 9 am to 4 pm, Monday
                 the water open year-round and providing          through Friday, call 605.773.2475 for
                                                                  more information.

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