Memorial Day Programs Held in Dell Rapids

2016DRMemorialDay_3Dell Rapids held many different programs and services throughout the day for Memorial Day.  Logan Reformed Cemetery held a service at 8:00 a.m.  Stordahl Cemetery then had a service at 8:40 a.m. followed by a service at Willow Creek Cemetery at 9:00 a.m.

Hundreds of people gathered on 4th St in Dell Rapids for the Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 a.m.  Ceremonies followed the parade at Dell Rapids City Park at 10:30 a.m. with a service then at 11:00 a.m. at the Dell Rapids Cemetery. 2016DRMemorialDay_2

There was a short program held at Veterans Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m.  Dells Nursing and Rehab Center and Orchard Hills both held ceremonies at 12:45 p.m.

2016DRMemorialDay_1Post 65 held a brat feed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

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Memorial Day Schedule

Memorial DayDell Rapids will have many Memorial Day programs the morning of Monday, May 26th.  At 8:00 a.m. there will be a program at the Logan Reformed Cemetery.  At 8:40 a program will be held at Stordahl Cemetery.  9:00 will be the program at Willow Creek Cemetery.  Downtown Dell Rapids will have a short parade at 10:00.  At 10:15 will be the River Ceremony.  A program will be held at 10:45 at the Dell Rapids Cemetery, and then the brat feed at the American Legion will start at 11:00.  IN case of rain, the events will be held at the Dell Rapids Public School gym.

  • 8:00 – Logan Reformed Cemetery
  • 8:40 – Stordahl Cemetery
  • 9:00 – Willow Creek Cemetery
  • 10:00 – Parade downtown Dell Rapids
  • 10:15 – River Ceremony
  • 10:45 – Dell Rapids Cemetery
  • 11:00 – Brat Feed at the Legion Hall in Dell Rapids
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Governor Daugaard Urges Safe Travel On Memorial Day Holiday

Memorial DayGovernor Daugaard Urges Safe Travel On Memorial Day Holiday

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging South Dakotans to make safe, smart choices and have a fatality-free Memorial Day weekend.

“We have traveled and celebrated the Memorial Day weekend without a highway fatality twice in the last three years,’’ Gov. Daugaard said. “We can do it again this year if we all make safe choices on the highways. Traffic laws are there for everyone’s protection. Let’s all take care, and travel safely.’’

The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the start of the summer travel season in South Dakota, and traffic is likely to be heavier than usual, Gov. Daugaard said. He asked motorists to follow speed limits, avoid distractions, make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt and have a sober driver at the wheel.

The Governor noted that the 2014 Legislature passed a law making it illegal to text and drive.

“While that law doesn’t officially take effect until July 1, texting and driving is dangerous and ill-advised,’’ Gov. Daugaard said. “The upcoming holiday weekend is a good opportunity for all drivers to remind themselves to keep their eyes off their phones and on the road.’’

Memorial Day weekend in South Dakota was free of highway fatalities in 2013 and 2011. One person died during the holiday reporting period in 2012, statistics from the State Office of Highway Safety show.

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State Highways Fatality-Free during Memorial Day Holiday

PIERRE, S.D. – For the third time in the last four Memorial Day holidays, South Dakota has ended the official reporting period without a highway fatality.

Late reports from the past weekend could change this year’s outcome, but as of mid-afternoon on Tuesday, May 28, the Office of Highway Safety had received no reports of fatal crashes on state roads during the holiday reporting period.

“That’s a great way to start the busy summer travel season,’’ said Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “The Highway Patrol had all available troopers out for a high-visibility saturation patrol on Memorial Day, and we used the holiday weekend to kick off a summer-long safety campaign we call ‘Obey the Sign and Avoid the Fine.’’’

The campaign is an initiative to reduce highway crashes and increase safety on South Dakota’s roadways. Statistics show that speeding, impaired driving and other hazardous moving violations are major contributors in crashes, injuries and deaths on the highways. The summer-long campaign will target speed and alcohol in particular for enforcement efforts.

In addition to enforcement, the summer safety campaign will use social media for public education and will partner with the State Department of Transportation for permanent and portable message boards with safe-driving messages on the interstates and other high-traffic areas in South Dakota.

The Memorial Day travel period was fatality-free in 2010 and 2011, Office of Highway Safety records show. A traffic crash killed one person during the 2012 Memorial Day reporting period.

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Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day, May 28th….a day for many to have outdoor cookouts with family and friends, for others a day off work, and for many others a time to reflect on lost loved ones that fought in our wars and battles of the past and present preserving the freedoms and the rights of all Americans.  In Dell Rapids, the George A. Fitzgerald American Legion Post 65 will once again celebrate the day with a parade in downtown Dell Rapids.  Big Sioux Media will stream the parade live on our website beginning just before 10am.   The parade will originate from City Hall and progress east to the intersection of County Fair Foods, then proceed south to the city park for the Riverside services.

Other activities and times are listed under the ‘News’ tab: community events…..scroll down for the entire listing under Memorial Day Schedule.

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Memorial Day Parade to be Webcast

Just over a week ago, Big Sioux Media streamed the two Dell Rapids high schools’ graduation ceremonies allowing family and friends from afar to enjoy the special moment in the graduates’ lives.  One week from today is Memorial Day, a day in which people will recognize and salute veterans from the past and present.  Many will gather for cook-outs and have family and friends over to celebrate time together.  The day begins for many with a trip to the cemetery to place flowers on a loved one’s grave to show honor and respect. In Dell Rapids, the American Legion Auxiliary will have a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10:00am in downtown Dells.  The parade will begin in the area of city hall and progress eastward on Main Street (turning to the south at County Fair Foods) before winding to Riverside Park for a special recognition ceremony.  Big Sioux Media will once again be streaming this special community event live starting with the parade (coverage just before 10am).  Refer to this news tab for a complete listing of the Memorial Day schedule and let your friends and family from afar know they, too, can be a part of the Memorial Day activities.

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Poppy Day is May 28, 2012

Scott Fiegen, Mayor of the City of Dell Rapids, hereby proclaims Monday, May 28, 2012, as Poppy Day and asks that all citizens pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom by wearing the Memorial Poppy on this day.

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