North Dakota Patriot Guard - "Standing By"
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                                                                                                       Janelle Lindstrom NDPGR Webmaster

 North Dakota Patriot Guard is focused on providing the RESPECT all of our Military men and women deserve. 

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Upcoming Mission: Saturday June 6th, 8:30am  8th Annual Military Appreciation Road March and June Monthly Ride Following appx 2:30

The North Dakota Patriot Guard has been invited to help out with the 8th annual Military Appreciation road march hosted by Sheila Richter on Saturday June 6th. Stage at the Bank of North Dakota which is located at the east end of the Memorial Bridge in Bismarck North Dakota at 8:30 a.m. At approximately 9:15 we will stop traffic for the walkers and stand a Flag line at the Global War on Terror; we will again stop traffic as the walkers leave the Global War on Terror. We will ...then go to the resting points and wait for the walkers (Mandan McDonalds, the Post) before arriving at the ND Veterans Cemetery. We will then wait for the walkers to arrive there.
I need to add that we will also be doing the June monthly ride after the walk is over. This should be around 2:30 to 3:00 pm. Sorry that we can't set and exact time, just know it will take place after everything for the walk is done.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

Join us for our Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial & Honor Ride, June 19th and 20th 2015 at the Civic Center, Jamestown, ND

Not Without Honor: They Served, They Defended Freedom.

         "Recognizing our men and women who serve, or served, our country who lost their battle to suicide and those whose lives are a daily battle with Post Traumatic Stress during and after military service and those who suffered Military Sexual Trauma and their families who struggle along with their affected family member."

 This day we will address these tragic and crippling realities. This day we will acknowledge their service and their contribution to the defense of freedom.   

Friday, June 19th 5PM is the kick off with the Fallen Heroes Memorial Steak Fry.  This is a time for sharing great food and to socialize with members of the NDPG as well as Gold Star families.  The steak fry will be at 6:00PM, ticket are $20.00 with a chance to win $2,500.00 in cash prizes.  At 8:00PM we will have a Disk Jockey playing music for your enjoyment.  There will be a cash bar all evening. Must be 21 YOA to enter the designated alcohol sales premises. Tickets for Friday's Steak Fry can be purchased through NDPGR members, contact Janelle Lindstrom at 925-321-0113 for a member close to you.

Saturday, June 20th 10AM - NDPG Memorial Program & Honor Ride. 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm Registration for Honor Ride ($10.00 per person)
12:00 p.m. Memorial program and presentation to families of the fallen military men and women.
1:15 p.m. Honor Ride leaves from the Jamestown Civic Center at 212 3rd Avenue NE.
5:30 p.m. Free meal for Honor Ride participants and families of our fallen military men and women.
8:00 p.m. Music to visit by, enjoy or dance too.

Cash bar all evening. Must be 21 YOA to enter the designated alcohol sales premises.

Upcoming Mission Friday June 19th. SPC Thomas A Doyle

The NDPG has been asked to stand a Flag line to Honor the life of SPC Thomas A Doyle.
We stood a Flag line at his service September 11, 2013 in Jamestown. He is going to be laid to rest at the ND Veterans Cemetery June 19, 2015 at 11:00 am ct. We will stage at NDVC at 10:30am ct (try not to be much earlier than 10:30, we do not want to interrupt any other services).
I will post updates if necessary, I am still working to see about doing an escort from Mandan to the NDVC.
I will be RCIC
Sincerely, Arlen Halverson

Always on guard

Members of the North Dakota Patriot Guard often ride motorcycles and attend funeral services for fallen soldiers throughout the state. The organization is part of a larger national one that protects friends and families from protestors who go to funerals.

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00 am | Updated: 3:12 pm, Tue Apr 28, 2015.                     
Always on guard By Matthew Liedke • Daily News The Daily News | 0 comments

Funeral services for soldiers who have fallen are emotional ceremonies that has faced disruptions by groups in recent years. To turn this trend around, a national group with a North Dakota chapter have taken up the mission of protecting surviving families who are laying their loved ones to rest. This group is recognizable by the roar of the motorcycles they ride and the American Flags that fly in the wind as they travel across the countryside.

The national organization, Patriot Guard Riders, have a local chapter as well, the North Dakota Patriot Guard.According to its website the mission of the group is “to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family … When necessary and invited to do so, we shield mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.  ”The Patriot Guard is rooted in Kansas, where it was started in 2005 by the American Legion Riders chapter 136 after they were appalled to hear of a soldier’s funeral being protested and decided to do something about it.The first mission the group took on was in Oklahoma to provide relief from protestors at a funeral. Soon after on Oct. 18, 2005 the Patriot Guard name was established.

Tony Krogh, a Fargo resident and assistant state captain for the North Dakota Patriot Guard, joined in 2006 after hearing how the organization serves the military, to which he has a personal connection.“A friend of mine was already involved in it and I always wanted to show appreciation for the military, especially since I have a brother who has been in the (U.S.) Navy,” Krogh said. “When I heard what was going on and what they were about and what they do, it just seemed like a natural fit.Some members of the Patriot Guard are veterans, however, Krogh said the group is made up of people who come from all walks of life. Krogh added that while motorcycles are widely used by the Patriot Guard, it’s not a requirement to be a member.“Many of us ride motorcycles. There’s an awful lot of other people, though, who show up in whatever way they can, so having a motorcycle is not a requirement to be part of it,” Krogh said. “We never made it about needing to have a bike or anything like that. I’ve always told people ‘I don’t care if you show up in a riding lawn mower, just be sure to come with honor and respect.’”While the missions began as a focus on standing as a barrier between families at funerals and protestors, Krogh explained that the Guard’s goal encompasses serving the military and its veterans in whatever way they can.“Besides being there for funerals, we also have been there for send offs and welcome home events,”

Krogh said. “Here in North Dakota, we also hold a memorial annually where we honor specific families of those who have lost loved ones.“This year, we are also recognizing and honoring those who have served but have lost the battle to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and so forth,” Krogh continued. “Part of the goal with that is to draw attention. A lot of times, suicide can be pushed to the background, it’s a hidden stigma that no one wants to talk about. We are hoping that this can be an opportunity to bring these families in and have them meet other families who have lost those they care about.”As part of a larger, national organization, Krogh said the unit in North Dakota often works very closely with groups from Minnesota and South Dakota to provide the best service possible.No matter where the group travels to for one of its ceremonies, though, something that is always present is the emotion.“There’s been many touching moments,” Krogh said. “Many of them are very emotional because a lot of our members are veterans and they can relate and they know what it’s like to come back home. With that emotional side of it, I think it serves as a healing process, being able to see that they can make a difference.”To the public, Krogh explained that the message that the Patriot Guard wants people to take away is to never forget those who have served and who are still serving.“Remember those who are serving,” Krogh said. “Even though we are not seeing the number of casualties right now that maybe we have in other times, we are still seeing them. Don’t forget about them.”

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Saturday. April 18, 2015 the NDPG was invited to the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting in Fargo. Dave Pagel and Kevin Roseland represented the NDPH.  We also had four other members, all Viet Nam Veterans and Era Veterans.

There were two recognition's:  The first was a general commendation to the ND PG for Community Service.   

The second recognition was specifically designed by DAR to honor the service and sacrifice of those who served, boots on the ground, during the time of the Viet Nam conflict.  Three were actual combat veterans, and one was a veteran who served support during the Viet Nam time period in 1970 and 1971.  They were given honor pins provided by DOD and DAR, as well as stickers indicating pride in their service.

Dave presented a summary of our knowledge of DAR, and then went into a historical summary of the PGR Mission. This event was quite an honor.

As Dave was talking, I provided a slide show of one of our events to emphasize Honor, Integrity, and Respect for our fallen soldiers, as well as to emphasize our involvement in other ativities to honor those in the military, families, and to discuss brieflfy our efforts for this summer to focus on the issue of reducing the stigma associated with Suicide in Veteran populations.

Go to the Photo Gallery - DAR Awards 2015 for pictures.

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war"
------Douglas MacArthur
To our soldiers.....
May God bless you each and every one
                  For all you do for us each day
We will keep you in our hearts
              And for your safety we will pray.