The Department has multi-faceted roles related to veteran issues. Among those roles, is the statutory duty to "establish and operate" a state veterans cemetery. The cemetery will serve as a hallowed resting place for all eligible veterans and family members.
The South Dakota Veterans Cemetery is the first federally funded, state-owned, and operated, veterans cemetery in South Dakota. The cemetery will serve the veterans throughout the state and around the country, as there is no state residency requirement to be interred in the cemetery. This property offers a picturesque setting in northeastern Sioux Falls, conveniently located along Interstate 90. Property for the cemetery was donated to the Department Affairs by the City of Sioux Falls. Ultimately, it will provide spaces for over 28,000 burials.