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Ceremony that will honor and say thank you for two North Dakota veterans that will be recipients from the BGGR Real American Jam benefit
Date of the Mission: Sunday August 30 2015 Times for the Mission: 2-3:30 (Although the concert event starts Friday evening at 4 pm and continued to Sunday evening at 4 p.m.)
We are planning the ceremony for 2 p.m. on Sunday August 30 at Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch.
I am not sure what constitutes an honor mission but we are hoping that you can participate in a ceremony that will honor and say thank you for two North Dakota veterans that will be recipients from the BGGR Real American Jam benefit. We would like to have the Patriot Guard bring the two veterans to the stage for their award and be incorporated into the ceremony in an appropriate way. One veteran is missing a leg and it will be quite a walk to the stage. We will have about a half mile ride from the building site down to the concert stage. The Fallen Soldiers of North Dakota is the non profit that has partnered with The Guardian to serve as the non-profit organization for the event.
We are planning the ceremony for 2 p.m. on Sunday August 30 at Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch. The names of the two veterans are not being released publicly until that weekend. I have spoken with one of them about their preferences and am waiting to talk to the second person. One is Marine Corp (lost a leg) and the other I believe is Army (Shrapnel wounds) We would like to have the Patriot Guard bring the two veterans to the stage for their award and be incorporated into the ceremony in an appropriate way.
If any NDPG can help with this ceremony please contact Esther F Myers, USAF, Col, Ret at 312-520-1090 Email Address: email@example.com
Mission: Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch, Exit 4, West of Medora, North Dakota Website with information about the event. WWW.realamericanjam.com Date of the Mission: Sunday August 30 2015 Times for the Mission: 2-3:30 (Although the concert event starts Friday evening at 4 pm and continued to Sunday evening at 4 p.m.)
SHORT NOTICE FLAGLINE
FLAG LINE MISSION FOR ARMY VETERAN MARILYN COPE THURSDAY AUG.27 AT 545 N CENTRAL AVE,VALLEY CITY,N.D.
Staging at 530pm visitation starts at 6pm memorial service at 7pm
Vernon Craze will be the RCIC
August Veteran's Memorial Cemetary Ride
We will be doing the August ride on Sunday August 16th. Stage at GWOT at Bismarck ND (Fraine Barracks, north of the bank of ND) at 12:45 pm ct and leave for NDVC south of Mandan at 1:00 pm ct.
Mission Update. Flag Line Mission Spc. Dennis J Ferderer August 8 at 1:00 PM from main street in New Salem to Mandan Vet Cemetery and back
The NDPG has been asked by the Ferderer family to provide an escort front New Salem to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Saturday, August 8th. This is an honor mission to escort family and friends gathered to remember DJ their son. I will serve as RC. We will stage at the Veteran's Memorial in New Salem at noon with the escort leaving at 1:00pm. Updates to follow, share this message.
Staging will be at 12:30pm, Saturday, August 8th, at the Veteran's Memorial located at the city park on Main Street in New Salem. Bikes and Cars are welcome to join the ride to the NDVC. We will take County Road 139, old highway 10, to Mandan then South on 1806 to the NDVC. Be self sufficient with hydration.
James T. Avard
State Captain, North Dakota Patriot Guard
Ride Captain South Central North Dakota
US Army Vietnam Veteran
Homes For Our Troops
Attached are two notices from Homes For Our Troops.
Both concern dates for the Mark Haegele house in Bismarck.
August 15, 2015 is landscaping day.
September 26, 2015 is Key Ceremony day.
Please refer to www.hfotusa.org prior to the event to check for any changes.
Mark lost both legs in the GWOT.
Mark's biography is also shown on the HFOT web site.
Hope to see you there.
Flag Line Mission Spc. Dennis J Ferderer August 8 at 1:00 PM from main street in New Salem to Mandan Vet Cemetery and back
Ride from New Salem to the Vet cemetery on Aug. 8 2015. D.J.'s 10th Anniversary is this year in November. However, with it being winter it would be very hard to predict the weather and some of his buddies would like to come back for a little get together. As of now we are going to have a gathering at the farm for family and friends. Music will be provided for the evening. Ride to the cemetery about 1:00 PM with Supper at the farm at 5:00 and a mass service for anyone that would like to attend at 7:00 and music and fun in the evening.
Person the Mission is for: Spc. Dennis J Ferderer
Location of the Mission: from main street in New Salem to Mandan Vet Cemetery and back Date of the Mission: August 8
Times for the Mission: 1:00 PM
Flag Line Mission Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 in West Fargo, ND for U.S. Navy Veteran Terry Spies.
The family of U.S. Navy veteran Terry Spies has invited the North Dakota Patriot Guard to honor the life and service of Terry on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 in West Fargo, ND. Terry passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Visitation: Friday, July 24, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo.
Funeral: Saturday at 10 AM at Faith Lutheran Church, West Fargo. Burial: ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND at a later date.
This will be a multi-part mission.
Visitation: Friday, July 24th
Location: West Funeral Home, Sheyenne Street and 4th Avenue W, West Fargo
Parking: Parking will be in Catholic Church parking lot 1/2 block east of West
Staging: 4:30 P.M.
Briefing: 4:45 P.M.
Flag-line: 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
RCIC: Tony Krogh
Come when you can, leave when you must. We will hold a flag-line until the prayer service
starts. Temperatures are expected to be 80 - 90 so please plan accordingly and be self
Funeral: Saturday, July 25th@ 10:00 A.M.
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 1st St and 2nd Avenue E, West Fargo
Parking: Parking will be at Baptist Church at 2nd St E and 4th Ave. (Approximately 1
block south of Faith Lutheran Church)
Staging: 8:30 A.M.
Briefing: 8:45 A.M.
Flag-line: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Flag-line will stand down during service and re-deploy at the conclusion of the service
during Military Honors. Flag-line will then be dismissed.
RCIC: Tony Krogh / David Pagel
JULY MEMORIAL CEMETARY RIDE
We will be doing the July ride Saturday July 25th in the afternoon. Stage at GWOT Memorial in Bismarck (at Fraine Barracks, north of the bank of ND) at 4:30 pm ct. We will leave for NDVC south of Mandan at
Flag line mission in Fargo for 12 Soldiers and 3 Soldiers in Bismarck. These Soldiers provided logistical support to units in the U.S. Central Command
Twelve Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at Hector International Airport in Fargo on Delta flight 1956 at 8:35 p.m. and three Soldiers will arrive at the Bismarck Municipal Airport on United flight 6368 at 8:01 p.m. The public is invited to show their support for the Soldiers at their arrival locations. These Soldiers provided logistical support to units in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, by managing supply, maintenance, transportation and cargo movement activities. CENTCOM is one of nine unified combatant commands in the U.S. military. CENTCOM’s area of responsibility covers the “central” area of the globe and consists of 20 countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen. WHO: Soldiers of the 231st Brigade Support Battalion Logistical Support Element (BSB LSE)
WHAT: Arriving in North Dakota, after a nearly year long deployment to CENTCOM
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Twelve Soldiers 8:35 p.m. (Fargo Hector Airport) – Delta Flight #1956
Three Soldiers 8:01 p.m. (Bismarck Airport) – United Flight #6368
Escort for Jeff Ambuehl Lisbon ND
July 16th, 2015 for Jeff Ambuehl U.S. Air Force . We will be escorting Jeff Ambuehl from Armstrong Funeral Home at 11 Main St in Lisbon ND to the Zion Lutheran Church at 420 1st SE in Gwinner, ND. Meet at the funeral home at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 16th, leave Lisbon about 2:00. It is unknown at this time if a flag line will be needed before or after the prayer services on Thursday, or at the 10:00 funeral on Friday, July 17th.
Contact person is Vernon Bjerke
Celebration of Life for Dennis Ferderer Jr August 7th thru the 9th in New Salem, ND.
Event will take place at the Ferderer Farm 5060 35th St, New Salem ND. Camping is available at the farm. Events all day Saturday, meet the NDPGR at the Veteran's Memorial in New Salem for a motorcycle ride to the Veteran's Cemetery in Mandan followed by a short service. Memorial Mass starting at 5:00 than more events to follow along with supper and a DJ. Please contact Dina at 701-843-8340 or 701-390-4799 to RSVP or for any questions
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.
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.”
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
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
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"
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.