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 memory lives 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.