By Mark Mills

Custer City, SD, May 12, 2018 – Last Saturday, formal flag ceremonies marked the official season
opening of Custer State Park’s Legion Lake Lodge. Flag raising ceremonies were conducted by
Custer Post #46, American Legion. In recognition of the American Legion’s historic ties to the
lodge, its flag was flown beneath the United States flag for opening day. At the end of the day,
the legion flag was replaced with the South Dakota state flag. Both the national and state flags
were donated to Legion Lake Lodge by Custer Post #46.

Pictured L to R; Don Hone, Dean Mills, Ernie Thornell, Tom Burke, and Ed Thompson. Not pictured, Legion Lake Lodge General Manager Jason Deuhr

Legion Lake is the original home of Custer Post #46. Each year the post ceremonially renews its
ties to its historic home. Following this year’s ceremonies, legionnaires enjoyed breakfast in the
lodge’s restaurant and marveled at the changes to the landscape and facilities of its old home.
Though time marches on, all agreed the spirit of the American Legion remains strong at Legion

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