BROWN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL

This memorial honors Veterans from WWI, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War. This memorial is for Veterans who gave their lives, those still missing, those disabled and those who served and returned.

There is a striking statue of Bald Eagle swooping down from the sky toward a granite monument with this inscribed phrase:

To Honor and Remember
All Veterans Who Served
Our Country and Community
In Times of War and Peace

Six seals are engraved in the base. Other granite pillars display war scenes and a map of Vietnam. A separate granite pillar stands to honor those Veterans from Brown County who made the ultimate sacrifice. The inscription includes the Veteran’s name, branch of service, time served and location. A soldier stands playing his bugle with the lyrics of “Taps” engraved along with 14 tombstones.

A moving poem was written by Army Major Michael Davis O’Donell in 1970 on New Year’s Day while he was out on a battlefield of Vietnam.

"If you are able,
Save for them a place
Inside of you…
And save one backward glance
When you are leaving
For the places they can
No longer go
Be not ashamed to say
You loved them,
Though you may or
May not have always
Take what they have left
And what they have taught you
With their dying
And keep it with your own …
And in that time
When men decide and feel safe
To call the war insane,
Take one moment to embrace
Those gentle heroes
You left behind…"

ABERDEEN, SD

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.