Federal officials will be in Sioux Falls Thursday to tour the land for South Dakota’s first state veteran’s cemetery.
Deputy Secretary of State Veterans Affairs, Aaron Pollard says what these officials think of the site will have a lot to do with how much federal funding the state eventually receives to build the cemetery.
The City of Sioux Falls gifted the 60 acres to the state. The property, to the north of the city, is hilly with great views to the north and south.
Pollard says the firm picked to design the cemetery, Stockwell Engineers, has come up with a tentative price tag approaching $6 million. But that price is very flexible, depending on what the feds decide.
So, for this kick-off meeting, there will be a tour of the acreage and a sit-down with the design firm to go over the plans.
Veterans in eastern South Dakota who want to be buried at a vets cemetery now need to go to Sturgis in the Black Hills, or out-of-state.