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Contact: Christine Czazasty, 605 433-5240
Contact: Eric Leonard, 605 433-5552 ext. 1238
Cactus Flat, SD –National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly and Colonel Lloyd Buzzell, Vice Commander, Twentieth Air Force will provide the keynote remarks at the Grand Opening of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, September 24, 2016.
"The park tells a story of the recent past with immediate relevance to the present day," remarked Superintendent Eric Leonard. "We invite the public to join representatives of the National Park Service and the Air Force to celebrate the completion of the Visitor Center."
Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, cake will be served. The visitor center will be open until 6:00 p.m. following the ceremony to allow visitors an extended opportunity to view the new exhibits;the Delta-09 missile silo at exit 116 will be open from 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. that day. No public tours of Delta-01 will be available on Saturday, September 24th because of the Grand Opening event.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. Authorized by Congress in 1999, the park preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. The park is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at 605-433-5552. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger.
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