MADISON, S.D. - Distance didn't stop people here in South Dakota from watching the ceremony -- Dakota State University in Madison had a viewing party.
People crowded around a big screen at Dakota State University to watch the commissioning of the U.S.S. South Dakota.
"There are students here, there are vets here, there are veterans organizations. It's just to celebrate this very unique event," DSU Dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences Dick Hanson said.
"It's really good to see that there's people in South Dakota that appreciate what that brings to the country as far as the freedom we have," Brain Schnurr said.
Schnurr is the Vice Commander of the Scorpion Base SS2278, a local United States Submarine Veterans chapter. He says he was involved in getting the submarine to carry the name of South Dakota.
"Our sub group got together and we put together a proposal for the governor to sign. We passed it through the local house and senate, then passed it to the Secretary of Sate, and he agreed that the South Dakota needed to be another submarine," Schnurr said.
He says it's a rewarding experience to see the submarine get commissioned.
"It's definitely fulfilling that we can see South Dakota again getting recognized. It's a really great state. To have a submarine that's such a high tech accomplishment that the U.S. Navy has put our name on, that's a really great thing to have," Schnurr said.
DSU's president attended the commissioning ceremony in Connecticut.