Couples, friends and family danced at last week’s Valentine’s Day event at the State Veterans’ Home. Among those in attendance were Miss South Dakota, Miranda Mack, and the Air Force Sergeants Association.
Mack's live set included the songs “Jackson”, “Tell Me More” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
“I am thankful to be here,” said Mack. “[on Valentine’s Day] it’s easy to focus on what we’re getting or not getting, but by being here, we can focus on what we are giving instead.”
Also in attendance were Chapter 951 of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), who volunteer for events at the State Veteran’s Home several times per year. David Bamburg, the Senior Adviser for Chapter 951, spoke to volunteering at the event, “it's a way to give back to our veterans. By bringing young people to the vets, they can hear their stories and where they came from.” Volunteers from the AFSA passed out Valentines Cards and danced with the residents.
Phyre Spann was one of those volunteers and an active duty member stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. “We are doing our part to give back to the community. They went through the same struggle that we will go through, and it’s important to take care of our veterans,” she said, “we learned about what they went through in school, but they were there.”
The State Veterans Home plays host to many events every month. To stay up to date with everything happening there, visit the events tab on there website.