Big Kenny and John Rich, better known as the country
music sensation “Big
and Rich,” joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard on August
16th to announce they will be performing their new
of November, during the Vietnam War
are honored to have Big and Rich come to
and perform a truly special song which recognizes
the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam Veterans,”
said Gov. Rounds on the announcement.
song was written to honor Niles Harris, a South
Dakota Vietnam veteran, who currently lives in
was a 19 year old private in the 173rd
Airborne Brigade who was shot in a firefight on
November 8, 1965; during his first tour of Vietnam.
Every year on Nov. 8, Niles drinks a toast to honor
those lost that day, as well as all who serve in the
US armed forces.
Big & Rich met
in Deadwood where they became friends. Niles gave
Big Kenny the top hat he still wears. They have
become friends, and accompanied Niles to Vietnam
where he buried his boots at the battle site.
gonna be real proud to be part of the dedication,”
said Big Kenny. “They (veterans) never got a
homecoming they deserved.”
and Rich will perform the song during the
(CT) dedication ceremony, Saturday, Sept. 16 in