Wreaths Across America ceremony held in Pierre

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PIERRE, S.D. (DAKOTA RADIO GROUP) - The South Dakota Funeral Directors Association held a Wreaths Across America ceremony Monday morning at the Flaming Fountain Veterans Memorial on Capitol Lake in Pierre.

Association president Justin Nelson from Winner tells Dakota Radio Group this was their 12th annual wreath laying ceremony in South Dakota.

"The three things that this is for is to remember the fallen, to honor those that are serving and to teach our children the cost of freedom, because not everybody has that," he said.

Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, was the featured speaker.

The national wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.