Memorial Day program planned at Swiftel Center in Brookings

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Robert Burns, SDSU distinguished professor emeritus of political science and dean emeritus of SDSU Honors College, will deliver the address at the Memorial Day program on Monday at the Swiftel Center.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and features patriotic music by the Brookings High School Orchestra under the direction of Kathy Winghart. Cdr. Russell Mileham, American Legion Post No. 74, will serve as master of ceremonies. Brookings Mayor Ope Niemeyer will offer welcoming remarks. Other activities include: Logan’s General Order; vocal selection by Hopeful Spirit Chorale; dedication of burial flags; and a floral tribute by service organization auxiliaries.

Burns is a Flandreau native and a 1964 political science graduate of SDSU. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science from University of Missouri (Columbia). A Vietnam veteran, Burns served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of captain. His military awards include: Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Burns joined the SDSU faculty in 1970 and served for 38 years. He and his wife Donna have three adult children and 11 grandchildren.