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2018 Armed Forces Day Ceremonies

2018 Armed Forces Day Ceremonies Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
2501 W. 22nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee is hosting the annual Armed Forces Day program on Saturday, May 19. The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be moved to the South Dakota Air National Guard, 1201 W. Algonquin, Hanger 40.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of the country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

The 2018 event features a formal military program, Sioux Falls Municipal Band Concert and Avenue of Flags Ceremony. “Stars & Stripes” awards will be presented to selected Sioux Falls citizens who proudly fly the American flag year round. Keynote speaker Command Sergeant Major James Hoekman, Senior Enlisted Leader/ State Command Sergeant Major South Dakota National Guard. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to selected guardsmen/women and reservists for outstanding military achievement and commitment to their country and community.

Oath of Enlistment Ceremonies will induct South Dakota volunteers into the U.S. Armed Forces.

For more information, contact Valerie Willson at vwillson@siouxfalls.com or (605) 373-2010.

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