Veterans Memorial Park
Sioux Falls, SD
WWII Veteran Lester C. Bly sits beside his engraved brick at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. Enlisted from 1944-1946, he was Navy Surveyor for the 103rd SeaBees stationed at Guam and Pearl Harbor. Les is the father of Cindy (Bly) Bahe, at Stone Group Architects.
Located in South Dakota’s largest city, this 22-acre park in Sioux Falls honors our military Veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect and preserve our country. This memorial highlights American’s values of life, liberty and happiness.
The park, dedicated in 2006, hosts a Medal of Honor Garden, flags, memorial walls, dedication pavers, sculptures, historic displays, military displays, walking trail, and bridges over ponds. The Gold Star Families Monument honors families who lost their loved ones and preserves the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The statue “Going Home” is of an angel taking a fallen soldier off to heaven. Rosie the Riveter Garden and plaques explain the history of how six million American stepped up to help our country. Surveyor Bly’s mother was one of those riveters.
Eight conflicts beginning with Spanish American War to the Iraqui Freedom Wars are carved into large, rock slabs. The pink Sioux quartzite stones are roughly a billion and a half years old, derived from the falls area which Sioux Falls is named after.
Several entertainers provide music at the amphitheater -one of which, the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, is a regular in the summertime. They provide free, concerts open to the public – many of them honoring our Veterans.
Stone Group Architects (SGA) is a proud supporter of our Veterans and Military Memorials. While we are strong supporters, SGA is independent from the memorials and does not claim responsibility of building or funding these memorials. SGA is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small business (SDVOSB) architectural firm, providing planning and design services to a variety of government clients.