SD Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedications

In 2019, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military, and Transportation launched the Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program.

This new program will dedicate state bridges to South Dakotans who died while in active service or classified as missing in action. Naming South Dakota bridges in honor of our fallen gives us the opportunity of remembrance, reflection, and respect—to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to this nation.

The Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Committee meets annually in April and selects six heroes to honor and six bridges to dedicate that year.

Dedication of the bridges are held May through November.

South Dakota has more than 3,000 veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice. Although these heroes are no longer with us, their memories live on in the hearts of their loved ones and our state. They cherished liberty and loved freedom enough to lay down their lives to preserve our way of life.

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Dedications 2021
SPC Mark Horner
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Codington County
July 3, 2021 - 10:00 am (CT)
BG Ernie Edwards Readiness Center in Watertown (9151 N. HWY 20)

LCPL Kenneth Jamerson
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Corson County
July 15, 2021 - 1:00 pm (CT)
Orange Striped Gym in Little Eagle (11905 SD HWY 63) - Little Eagle

SSG Jeremy Vrooman
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Minnehaha County
July 17, 2021 - 1:00 pm (CT)
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 (9700 E. HWY 42) - Sioux Falls

PVT Richard Bertram
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Tripp County
August 14, 2021 - 2:00 pm (CT)
Colome American Legion Post (208 Main Street) - Colome

PFC Robert Rand
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Turner County
August 21, 2021 - 2:00 pm (CT)
Parker Community Building (299 N. Main) - Parker

CPT Charles Lane
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Bon Homme County
August 23, 2021 - 2:00 pm (CT)
American Legion Post 183 (330 W. Yankton Street) - Tabor

PVT Bruce Ruby
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Walworth County
August 30, 2021 - 10:30 am (CT)
Scherr Howe Event Center (212 Main Street) - Mobridge

1LT Herbert Lyman and T/SGT James Lyman
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Corson County
September 11, 2021 - 10:00 am (MT)
Thunder Hawk American Legion Post

CPT Elmer Rusch
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Brookings County
October 8, 2021

SGT William Christensen
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Hutchinson County
October 11, 2021 - 1:00 pm (CT)
American Legion Post 194 (221 W. Main Street) - Parkston

SSG Gregory Wagner
Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication: Davison County
November 11, 2021

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