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South Dakota State Fair salutes veterans
By Staff reports

August 20. 2014 2:04PM
HURON, S.D.- To show appreciation for their service, the South Dakota State Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Thursday, Aug. 28.

A Salute to Veterans program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28 on the NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage. Representative Spencer Hawley COL (Ret) will be the keynote speaker. South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman and Gov. Dennis Daugaard will also address those in attendance.

Representative Spencer Hawley COL (Ret) was born in Armour, Hawley graduated from Brookings High School and South Dakota State University (SDSU) as a political science and economics major. He is the owner of Hawley Insurance Services in Brookings.

Hawley is a retired colonel from the military after serving 30 years with the South Dakota Army National Guard. He received his commission from the Military Science Department of SDSU in 1975 and was promoted to Colonel on July 10, 2000.

Hawley’s military awards include the Legion of Merit & Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

He has been active in several local and state organizations. He was appointed to the SD Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission in 2003 and was re-appointed in April 2006. He served as the Chairman for the GFP Commission for two years until his term ended in March 2010.

In 2010, he was elected to the SD House of Representatives and has served two terms. He is currently on the House Appropriations committee.

He and his wife, Barbara Ann, have four children and four grandchildren.

The 2014 South Dakota State Fair will also be home to the Fallen Heroes Banner Exhibit. The banners were created in honor of South Dakota military personnel who lost their lives in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Fallen Hero Banner Exhibit will be located in the Midway Corner during the South Dakota State Fair Aug. 28-Sept. 1. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily. The exhibit will close at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

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