Black Hill National Cemetery, Sturgis

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Black Hills National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery in South Dakota, located three miles (5 km) southeast of Sturgis in Meade County. It encompasses, and as of the end of 2005, had 19,147 interments. Located at exit 34 of Interstate 90, it is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which also administers the nearby Fort Meade National Cemetery. It is one of three national cemeteries in South Dakota (the other two being Fort Meade and Hot Springs).
The area around the Black Hills Cemetery was originally inhabited by the Lakota Indians. French explorers went through the region in the 1740s, and Spain laid claim to the area in 1762 until it was acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Fort Randall was established in 1856, and the 1861 establishment of Dakota Territory brought more settlers to the region, but it wasn't until gold was discovered in the Black Hills that the area was truly populated. Under the Treaty of Fort Laramie, the United States granted the land of the Black Hills to the Lakota, but there was no stopping the settlers from entering the region, which led to several conflicts. Most of the original interments in the cemetery were soldiers who fell in battles of the Indian Wars, but it has since been used to inter veterans from every major campaign the United States has been involved in. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
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  • Stumbled across this on our way to Sturgis. So glad we stopped. I was taken aback by the shear size of this cemetery. I did not expect to see this in South Dakota. This cemetery is very well maintaine...  more »
  • My Army veteran brother was recently interred here. While somber, the National Cemetery is in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains and, as with all national cemeteries, every person resting her...  more »
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  • Internment of my uncle Sgt Jerry Jensen, USA, infantryman Vietnam. Reverent and beautiful location. Professional staff and salute guard.
  • THE GREATEST MAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN IS NOW IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE MOST STUNNING NATIONAL CEMETERY. LORRIE BEHL AND THE DIRECTOR FINISHED WHAT I STARTED YEARS AGO ON A QUEST TO HONOR A MAN THAT TAUGHT ME TO BE A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. HE LIVED A LIFE FOR OTHERS AND FAMILY WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM. ANOTHER MAJOR QUEST CHECKED OF MY MUST DO BEFORE I DIE LIST. MIKE YOU SOAR WITH EAGLES.

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