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Veterans gather to watch Deadwood U.S.S. Maine memorial dedication


Saturday's cold and snow didn't stop veterans and other community members from watching the unveiling of a new memorial in Deadwood.
The memorial, which commemorates the century-old sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, features an artillery shell recovered from the ship's wreckage back in 1912.

The city originally intended to build the memorial when they first got the artifact, but for whatever reason, then-Mayor W.E. Adams never got around to it.

Now, a century later, and surrounded by veterans, the memorial is finally completed.
"This is a special thing," Deadwood Mayor Francis Toscana said after the dedication. "It should have happened a long time ago, and I guess we're just finishing the work W.E. Adams started a hundred years ago."
Deadwood was one of four communities in South Dakota to receive pieces of the Maine in 1912.

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