As part of the area’s ongoing Active Duty Banner Program, a color guard recognition was held July 1, in Pierre and in Fort Pierre. While under the individual banners, presenting appreciation plaques to each of the service person’s families were American Legion Post 20 honor guardsmen Eugene Collett III, Larry Manke, Dennis Wackel, San Johnson, and Kim Hallock.
This time, banners were presented for public display for Pierre-area military veterans Tyler Smith, Pedro Abraham Tafoya, Darla Dunn-Mayo, Shannon Dean Fromm, Kyle Dennis Mammenga, and Nathanael W.D. Thompson, and for Fort Pierre area veteran Sarah E. Smith.
The original idea for the banners was first brought before the Ft. Pierre City Council and the Pierre City Council in late 2016. Hallock said the banners, featuring the names and faces of area servicemen and women, are placed on city-owned light poles in Pierre, and hung on The Fort in Ft Pierre.
Hallock said Vickie Samuelson, a Pierre resident and the mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Brett David Samuelson, brought the concept to his attention. Samuelson said the banners are a nationwide program. A lot of communities do it, and she took the idea from other Marine moms, she said. “My son is now a Marine Veteran, as of last October after his four years of service. He departed as a sargent,” said Samuelson.
The program is supported by both American Legion Post 20 in Fort Pierre and American Legion Post 8 in Pierre, Hallock said. According to Samuelson, the first banners in Ft Pierre went up November 27, 2016, and the first banners in Pierre went up May 27, 2017. Active duty personnel are honored, as well as the Guard and Reserves, Hallock added If a banner becomes tattered, it will be replaced. Once it is taken down, it is presented to the family.
“The banners cost $100 to hang for a year. And, if the personnel are active duty the banners can be hung for $100 again, as long as they are active duty,” said Samuelson. “The funds are either from the family or a business, who are more than willing to sponsor. Other families have offered to sponsor as well. Finding a sponsor has been no problem at all. It does not cost the city anything.”
So far, banners for Fort Pierre area service personnel have been for Jaylen G. Brown, Air National Guard; Ryan Robert Habeck, Air National Guard; and Sarah E. Smith, Air Force.
Banners for Pierre service personnel have, so far, been done for Albert Lowell Lenerville, Marines; Alexander J. Aplan, Army; Amanda Ellwein, Air Force; Brett David Samuelson, Marines; Cody W. Hall, Air Force; Courtney Marie Larson, National Guard; Dallas J. Cronin, Air Force; Daniel Leroy Varilek, Air National Guard; Daniel Schumacher, Army National Guard; Dejay Jennings, Army National Guard; DeNeil Jane (Hosman) Taylor, National Guard; Dominik Diedrich, Army National Guard; Darla Dunn-Mayo, Air Force; Shannon Dean From, Air Force; Gerrit Tronvold, Army National Guard; Havens Paul Kenefick-Aschoff, Army, James “Danny” Snow, Navy; Jay William Carroll, Army National Guard; Jess Powell, Army National Guard; Jesse Barker, Air Force; Jonathan Nesladek, National Guard; Justin Robert Nichols; Air Force; Kane Kortum, Army National Guard; Kit William Bramblee, Army National Guard; Lisa A. Peary, Army National Guard; Logan David Meyer, Marines; Kyle Dennis Mammenga, Navy; Marne Lynn Dooley, Air National Guard; Matthew Donald Green, Air Force; Michael Young; Army National Guard; Nicholas James Marbach, Marines; Paul M. Giovanetti, Army National Guard; Ryan Hahn, Air Force; Shaina A. Seidel; Army; Shawn Schulz, Army National Guard; Tyler T. Smith, Air Force; Stephanie Rae (Trujillo) Hawthorne, Air Force; Pedro Abraham Tafoya, Air Force; Tane Allen Bramblee, Army National Guard; Thomas Christian, Army; Thompson, Nathanael W. D. Thompson, Army; Travis A Vallery, Army National Guard; Ty James Larson, Army; Tyler Davin Bonnett, Marines; Tyson James Bramblee, Army National Guard; William DeSchepper, Army National Guard; Zachariah Daniel Strand, Marines; David Erickson Zachery, Air Force.