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PIERRE, S.D. | Members of the Pierre-area Vietnam and Vietnam ERA Veterans Association pitched in this weekend at the Capitol Lake War Memorial Cleanup.

Volunteers cleaned and shined three bronze statues that honor the veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars. They also cleaned the Flaming Fountain and flue which leads down to the lake, and they recovered thousands of coins that have been tossed into the fountain over the years.

Among the coins, volunteers also found a crucifix and what appeared to be a wedding ring.

Association President Ken Rausch says the group plans to make the cleanup an annual event.

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