The 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Oahe Dam in Pierre will be celebrated next Friday, and at least one of the participants at the original ceremony is planning to attend it again: former SD senator George McGovern.
The now 90-year-old McGovern was with President Kennedy in Pierre for the dedication 50 years ago.
Part of Kennedy's speech during the original dedication was, "These dams, these great projects, frequently are statistics to those of us who work in the nation's capital. I can imagine nothing more beneficial to any American, to any member of house or senate, executive branch, to any citizen than to come here to South Dakota and realize here in this state and in this county, there is being built the largest dam of its kind in this world and it's a source of pleasure to me to come here on this occasion."
The president also mentioned that the Oahe Dam was completed $25 million under budget, and joked that he should bring that man to Washington and put him in charge.