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The NDPG has been invited to attend the Promotion Ceremony of Colonel Giselle M. Wilz to Brigadier General Wednesday, May 20th at 2:30p.m.  Stage at North Dakota Heritage Center - Atrium at 1:30p.m.  We will form a flag line for this ceremony.  Refreshments following the ceremony. 

Memorial Day is approaching and the annual ride from the Shop in Bismarck will take place. Staging is at the Shop in Bismarck, south side of the tracks at Main and Airport Road, Departing the Shop at 11:00 am, May 25th for the NDVC south of Mandan.

Upcoming Mission Friday June 19th. 

 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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"MISSION UPDATE": Korean POW/KIA SGT Arnold Andring, 3 part mission 23-25 April, Mahnomen, MN A few changes to mission release time and an escort on Saturday. All are welcome. I talked with a family member and they are looking at it as a celebration. ... Sgt Arnold Andring was drafted in 1945 and assigned to the Occupation Forces in Germany and discharged in 1948. SGT Andring was recalled to active duty September 1950. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in South Korea near the village of Chaum-ni, on February 14, 1951, and died while a prisoner on April 30, 1951. His remains were not positively identified until recently. 

This is a 3 part mission:

Honorable Transfer Location: Fargo International Airport Park at the west parking lot area. Date: 23 April 2015 Briefing: 7:30PM (and move inside Delta Terminal) Flag Line: 8:15PM Estimated release time 9:30PM 

Visitation Location: Anderson Funeral Home   719 N. Main St Mahnomen, MN Park on the south side lot. Date: 24 April 2015 Briefing: 3:15PM Flag Line: 3:25PM Estimated release time 6:30PM. This should allow enough daylight to get home. There will be an escort from Anderson Funeral Home to St. Michael's Church. We will meet Saturday at 8:20 at the Funeral Home and escort at 8:30. Any and all diehards are welcome. Funeral/Burial Service Location: St. Michael’s Catholic Church
120 West Jefferson Ave, Mahnomen, MN
Park on the road east of the church.

Date: 25 April 2015 Briefing: 9:15AM Flag Line: 9:30 to 11:30 Cemetery Flag Line TBD RCIC: Dean Foell 701-799-9150 This is a rain or shine mission. Please bring your 3x5 American Flag and anything else you may need for the duration of this mission. **Please check the Missions Calendar for any last minute changes.**

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.