Two walls of Dakota granite bearing the names of South Dakota's fallen soldiers in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, with in the center a bronze 'Fighting Eagle' and on the sides two life size, historically accurate statues of soldiers:
US Soldier during the winter campaign on the Inchon Peninsula, Korea (left)
US Soldier in Vietnam, a jungle fighter in full combat gear (right).
In front of the wall is a flowing artesian well. This warm water fountain flows into Capitol Lake. The fountain serves as a centerpiece for the Korean and Vietnam War Monument (north of the fountain) and the World War II Monument (south of the fountain on a peninsula)
The Korean War soldier was installed spring 2004. The Vietnam Soldier and the Fighting Eagle were unveiled in September 2006 during the states dedication ceremony, honoring and welcoming home the veterans that served our country during the Vietnam War with attendance estimates around 33,000 people for the two day event.
Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby,
American sculptors who formed the art studio, Bad River Artworks in Aberdeen, South Dakota