Black Hills State University was recently awarded a contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration to research the history of veterans interred at the Black Hills National Cemetery. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that students and instructors will research some of the veterans at the cemetery in order to learn more about their military service as well as determining any living relatives.
The project also includes developing a curriculum and lesson plans geared for elementary students about the cemetery and its veterans.
Black Hills National Cemetery opened in 1948 and currently over 27,000 veterans are buried there. The 191 graves at the Fort Meade National Cemetery, located at the historic military post, are also included in the cemetery.
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