Veterans file into Rapid City for convention - KOTA Territory News

Veterans file into Rapid City for convention

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Hundreds of heroes who have and are defending the red, white, and blue are in Rapid City this weekend.    

The nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, American Legion, is in town for the 95th state convention and a parade.

In attendance at the convention and guest speaking was republican state representative, Kristi Noem.

Noem reassured everyone in attendance that she is working with the federal government to help service veterans and not cut back on military spending.

She also encouraged veterans to speak with young people who she says may not know the importance of the flag.    

"I just really don't think that our future generations are going to know how valuable their freedoms and liberties are unless they really understand the sacrifices that were made on their behalf.," said Noem.

On Saturday, the members of American Legion made their way to Main Street for the parade.    

Escorted by police, antique cars, the American Legion riders, and more, both active members and veterans of foreign wars from different posts throughout South Dakota cruised through downtown Rapid City as onlookers waved them on.

The South Dakota American Legion Band helped keep the parade moving to a steady beat, and boy scouts passed out mini American flags to everyone watching, making it an even more patriotic afternoon.

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