God bless our troops

The St. Joseph’s Indian School’s drum group did an exceptional job!
The St. Joseph’s Indian School’s drum group did an exceptional job!

About 185 members of the 200th National Guard Engineer Company (from Chamberlain, Mobridge and Pierre) deployed today for one year of service in Afghanistan. For ten of the members this will be their second deployment. The community held a festive breakfast for them, and then gathered in the Armory for a community appreciation ceremony. Our St. Joseph’s Indian School drum group sang the flag song and I was proud of the good job they did.

The speakers told of the hardships this will place on local families with their loved ones overseas and in harm’s way. They encouraged all of us to be as supportive and understanding as we can.

My prayers are not only for the safe return, but that leaders and warring factions will find the way to a lasting peace.

These guardsmen are skilled builders. I pray they can soon use their talents to build up an infrastructure in a world with so many needs and not have to constantly replace what has been destroyed in war. Please God, someday soon!

When the last speeches and prayers were offered, the guard members formed a parade through town before heading north toward Pierre and a year of sacrifice.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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