Fallen Heroes Banner comes to De Smet for Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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Army Staff Sgt. Shane Barnard of De Smet was killed on May 19, 2010, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the line of duty. Barnard is one of 35 South Dakota service members who died in service to their country during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to be honored with a Fallen Heroes banner.


The Fallen Heroes Banner Exhibit will be brought to De Smet from Pierre and displayed Nov. 11 on Veterans Day at the De Smet High School auditorium. People are encouraged to come to the school before the program or stay following it to view the display.


The banner project was introduced after the 2006 dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial in Pierre. The dedication inspired Chaplin Lynn Wilson, a member of the South Dakota National Guard, to find a way to honor South Dakota service members. A committee came up with the idea of creating picture banners to memorialize the lives of these heroes.


The soldiers’ families were contacted and asked their feelings about the project. The families were in favor of it, and the project moved forward.


Fallen service members and their families were honored Aug. 8, 2009, at a private dedication ceremony in Pierre.


Since then, the banners have traveled across South Dakota with the hope of reaching as many people as possible.


A “Fallen Heroes Memory Book,” with stories from their families about each of the fallen service members, travels with the banner display.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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