Consecutive Continuous Flag Actions

posted May 26, 2021, 4:15 PM by Mark Mills   [ updated May 27, 2021, 8:55 AM ]

In accordance with below attached Presidential Proclamation Governor Noem's Executive Order, Post serviced flags at Way Park and CSD Admin Building flagpoles will be lowered to half-staff at 8:00 am Thursday, 27 May 2021. Flags will be returned to full-staff at local noon, 12:00 pm, Monday, 31 May 2021.

This continuous flag action combines two consecutive flag actions. The first action is directed under 4 USC 10 Presidential discretionary authority. Purpose of that flag action is to mark respect for victims of violence on 26 May 2021, at San Jose, CA. The second action is conducted under 4 USC 7(m) statutory authority. Purpose of that flag action is Memorial Day remembrance. Though Presidential Proclamation and SD Governor’s Executive Order are expected for Memorial Day’s flag action, they are not required.

Graves Decoration & Memorial Day

posted May 23, 2021, 2:19 PM by Mark Mills   [ updated May 23, 2021, 2:27 PM ]

Custer Legionnaires,


It’s time to remember our honored dead.   Custer Post #46 does so by decorating veterans’ graves and participating in 3 Memorial Day ceremonies.  This year’s Graves Decoration will be conducted 28 May, the Friday before Memorial Day, at Custer City Cemetery.  It commences at 5:00 pm.  All participants muster with Post Service Officer Glenn Talley, Jr. for assignments at the cemetery's VFW flagpole.



Monday, 31 May Memorial Day ceremonies involving our Post are conducted at 3 locations under the lead of Kenneth Kuper Post #3442, VFW.  Custer Veterans Honor Guard is a major component of these ceremonies.  Honor Guard Captain Tony Gonsor will be providing detailed instructions to honor guard members.  The 3 Memorial Day ceremonies are:


9:00 am               Cold Springs Pioneer Cemetery

10:00 am             Pringle Cemetery

11:00 am             Custer City Cemetery


Grave decorations retrieval will be conducted on Tuesday, 01 June, at Custer City Cemetery.  Again, muster with Post Service Officer Talley, 5:00 pm at the cemetery’s VFW flagpole for instructions.


Finally, Memorial Day activities in Custer County encompass more than above events.  An extensive listing is attached below    And watch for this week’s issue of the Custer County Chronicle for a good overall description.


Looking forward to seeing you throughout Memorial Day weekend.  For those who cannot attend a Memorial Day observance, please pause on that day to remember those who paid the price for our freedom.

Buddy Checks

posted Mar 31, 2020, 3:08 PM by Mark Mills   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 3:08 PM ]

Custer Legionnaires,

Custer Post #46 has activated its Buddy Check Program. All Post members are being contacted to ensure their well-being and to arrange for any necessary assistance.

Post Commander Donald Hone directed activation of this program due to personal isolation resulting from the Wuhan Flu pandemic “social distancing” measures. Post Service Officer Glen Talley. Jr. is managing the program with principal assistance from Post Adjutant Ralph Sowder, and Post Chaplain Paul Larson. Other Post members are assisting with telephone calls.

All Post members can expect periodic buddy checks while “social distancing” measures remain in effect. All members are encouraged to keep in touch with each other via telephone, e-mail, and other convenient means.

Stay in contact. And if you need any assistance, call Post Adjutant Sowder at (605) 673-3930 or any of the Post Officers. Veterans helping veterans. This is what the American Legion does!

SD Coronavirus Information

posted Mar 16, 2020, 10:53 AM by Mark Mills   [ updated Apr 30, 2020, 7:02 PM ]

UPDATE:  Governor Noem has issued "South Dakota's Back to Normal Plan".  It is attached below for your viewing.


Custer Legionnaires,

South Dakota Department of Health has established a “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information” webpage at, It contains; statewide status, precautions, guidance, and resources in a quick and usable format.

There has been much news about the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The SD DOH webpage provides information you can actually use. It is a good first stop for those searching for local data.

As far as the near-future, expect; event cancellations, temporary closure of facilities, travel slowdown/cancellation, and increased “remote working”. All of this “social distancing” is designed to slow the virus’s spread.

What you can do is to pay close attention to your own health and casual physical contact with others. Remember to keep in touch with relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be at risk. These especially include the elderly, homebound, and those with existing medical conditions. Your assistance may be critical for them.

Stay healthy!

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