April 19, 1993 marks the 25th anniversary of the crash of the state plane near Dubuque, Iowa. The plane was returning from Cincinnati, Ohio, where state officials and business leaders had met with the owners of the John Morrell & Co. packing plant in Sioux Falls.
Lost in the plane crash were George S. Mickelson, the 28th Governor of South Dakota; Angus Anson of Northern States Power; Dave Birkeland of First Bank of South Dakota; Roland Dolly of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Roger Hainje of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation; Ron Reed of the state Office of Energy Policy; and state pilots Ron Becker and Dave Hansen.
(An earlier blog post looked at a bust of Governor Mickelson that will be dedicated in the State Capitol later this year.)
The Fighting Stallions Memorial, on the Capitol grounds in Pierre, is an enlarged bronze of a Korzcak Ziolkowski wooden sculpture. On the base of the memorial are eight granite slabs, with a picture and inscription memorializing each of the eight men who lost their lives that day.
Below are photographs of each of the eight inscriptions (click on each to enlarge the photos):