North Sioux City Veterans Memorial Park
American Veterans of Foreign Wars
Established June 6, 1966
The post meets each month at the Center on the 4th Thursday.
South Dakota Department Of Veterans Affairs History
During World War II, recognizing the need for veterans’ assistance in the state, Governor M. Q. Sharpe called a special session of the State Legislature on July 10, 1944, to establish the South Dakota State Veterans Department and the Veterans Commission. Prior to this time, a Contact Officer was believed to have existed from about 1923 until the establishment of the Department in 1944.
Legislation enacted in 1973 renamed the former Veterans Department to the Division of Veterans Affairs and placed it within the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. In 2011, by Executive Order, Governor Dennis Daugaard created a separate Department of Veterans Affairs. The mission of the Department is to ensure that all veterans, and their eligible family members, understand and receive all the benefits, support, care and recognition that were earned through the veteran’s service to our nation, by administering all current programs and meeting their needs in the future.
Currently, South Dakota has 56 County VSO’s serving the 66 counties in South Dakota and we have six Tribal VSOs. Since the original legislation in 1944 our states’ network of County & Tribal Veterans Service Officers and SDDVA personnel have assisted thousands of our veterans and their family members with receiving the benefits that were earned through service to our country.
To read more about the history of the SDDVA, click this website link.
Two Rivers Legion Post 319
Established March 9, 2007
On the 1st Thursday of each month, the post meets in the Senior Center. The Legion Post hosts a monthly breakfast on the 2nd Sunday. It is open to the public.
The American Legion History
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential groups in the United States. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
The American Legion Constitutional Oratorical contest winner Kimberly Chow and the Two Rivers American Legion Post 319.