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November monthly ride.
We will be doing the monthly ride on Sunday November 22nd. Stage at GWOT Memorial (north of the bank of ND at Fraine Barracks) at 1:15 pm ct. We will leave for the ND Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan at 1:30 pm ct.


Upcoming mission Jerry M. Block Air Force Veteran

Upcoming mission on Wednesday November 4th McIntosh SD.
The NDPG has been asked to honor the life of Jerry M. Block Air Force Veteran.
Stage at south end of McIntosh city park (on main street, small town so no other directions needed) at 9:00 am Mt. (Please note the mountain time).
The funeral starts at 10:30 am Mt. I plan on being there when they carry his remains into the church. So if you can't make it that early please be there by 10:00 am Mt.
We will stand a Flagline p...rior to the service. We will then step down until after the service.
We will then stand while the remains are returned to the Hearse.
For those who may consider riding, it is gravel out to the cemetery and weather sounds very questionable.
We will be standing a Flag line at the cemetery. After that everyone is dismissed.
Remember your Flagline Flags and dress accordingly.


WWII Victory Celebration 70th Anniversary.
We are still in need of volunteers to cover all that has to be done for this event.
The ladies have stepped forward to issue the coins.
Could use some help for set up on Friday morning.
We need people for traffic control out on the street and in the parking garage.

Do not forget flag line at airport on Friday October 9, 2015. 
Stage: Bismarck Airport at 1545 (3:45 PM).
Two flights arriving:  First one at 1641, second at 1647.
Bring your 3x5 flags.
See below for more details.
Let me know when and where you can help.
Spread the word that help is needed.

Flag-line at  the dedication of the memorial for fallen NDSU ROTC members October 8 at noon at the Bentson Bunker Field House .

The NDSU ROTC has requested the North Dakota Patriot Guard to present a flag-line at
the dedication of the memorial for fallen NDSU ROTC members.
The dedication will be held  October 8 at noon at the Bentson Bunker Field House, 1340 Administration Ave, Fargo, ND  58102.
The dedication is expected to last about 30 minutes.
 I will need to advise them of  the number of Patriot Guard that will be present and the number of motorcycles. They plan  on having bikes parked near the entrance / memorial. The Patriot Guard was present for  the ground breaking a few years ago.
Staging: 11:15 AM
Briefing: 11:30 AM
Flag-line: 11:45AM
Dismissal: At conclusion of ceremony RCIC: Tony Krogh This will be a rain or shine mission. Please be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5
flags and poles.
 ** Please advise ASAP if you will be able to assist with this mission.***

Tony Krogh, Ride Captain

UPDATED MISSION: The WDAY Honor Flight will be leaving from Fargo Hector Field

The WDAY Honor Flight out of Fargo Hector Field will consist of the following veterans: 1 Afghanistan-terminally ill, 2 Vietnam-terminally ill, 50 Korea and 34 WWII. 

We will be gathering at Hector Field main terminal at 6:30am Sunday, October 18 for check-in and the flight leaves at 8:00am.  

The return flight is Sun Country Flight #8602 arriving at Fargo Hector Airport at 8:00pm Monday October 19th. 

Turn out with flags to send these veterans off and especially to welcome them home on Monday.  

I have prepared coins for all these veterans with the card to present for this flight.  It is a distinct honor to be able to support this mission and an honor for me to once again go with these heroes and serve them.

 James T. AvardState Captain, North Dakota Patriot GuardRide Captain South Central North DakotaUS Army Vietnam Veteran

Homes For Our Troops, Mark Haegele's home in Bismarck work was completed August 15th. Saturday October 17, 2015  @10:00 am will be the Key Presentation Ceremony day.

The NDPG gave Mark a send off when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. Mark returned shortly after that missing both his legs. You can read the rest of his bio under HFOT is having key Ceremony; this is where they turn the keys to the house over to Mark and his family. 

When: The Key Presentation Ceremony is on 10:00 am Saturday October 17, 2015 Central time 

Where: The address is 6812 Dakota Country Drive. This is a rural area NE of Bismarck. Directions: Using HWY 83 turn east at Jct82,1804,and 71 Ave NE. Proceed East on 1 Ave, than turn North on Runnel Rd. Proceed North on Runnel Rd to the second Dakota Country Drive (this is a loop road)  

Legacy High School will be our location to stage 
We will stage in the NE corner of  High School  parking lot at 8:00 am....

One group of MC will leave the HS at 8:30 to set up a flag line at the house.
At 9:40 am the MC road guards, MC escorts, Mark and his family, and the Rural Fire Dept. and the Sheriffs Office will leave the HS. RSVP to Bob at 701-426-5598 or

RSVP to Bob Keller at or 701/426/5598
Hope to see you there. 

"Never Forget"

WWII Victory Celebration 70th Anniversary.
World War Memorial Bldg., 215 N 6th Street, Bismarck.
Saturday October 10, 2015, 2:00-5:00 PM.
Thursday and Friday October 8 & 9, 2015.
There are going to be flights arriving at the Bismarck airport (maybe two flights total).
Flight numbers and times are unknown as of now.  Will update when info is available.
Last year we posted flag lines at the airport to welcomed the vets.  We want to do the same this year.
I have to go to Fargo VA on Wednesday October 7 and will not be back until late October 8.
I need a volunteer to organize the flag line for these days.  Please contact me soon.
Friday October 9, 2015, from 8:00-11:00 AM.
World War Memorial Bldg.
This will be set up day.  Arranging chairs, exhibits, etc.
I will be there, looking for volunteers to help, will only need a couple.  Please contact me soon.
Saturday October 10, 2015, the day of the celebration.
6:00 AM, Norm, Nick, and I will be on site.
We will close the street (approved by the city), place barricade and cones, for bus parking, drop off points and etc.
We will need a couple of relief volunteers in the morning. Please contact me soon.
11:00 AM, Stage and briefing for the event which starts at 2:00 PM.  We must be in place prior to veterans arrival.
Need volunteers to assist with traffic control, on the street and inside the parking garage.
Free parking in the parking garage (approved by the city).
We will need at least 4 volunteers for inside the parking garage. It is confusing inside and we are dealing with elderly vets.
We have designated parking for motorcycles.  
Volunteers please contact me soon.
Arlen will be escorting buses from Baymont Hotel (old Seven Seas Hotel) in Mandan to the World War Memorial Bldg.
Not knowing what the weather will be like, this will be a small escort, only two or three bikes. 
We will dispatch escort riders to the Baymont from the World War Memorial Bldg.  Number will depend on how many we can spare.
I need two volunteers to work the registration area to hand out the WWII Coins.  Probably a couple of ladies.
The event starts at 2:00 PM.
Most NDPG will move indoors to attend the event, to socialize with the vets, to recognize their service and sacrifices.
The NDPG will move outdoors later when vets leave to again do traffic control in the street and in the parking garage.
This is their day we are there to make them feel like "King or Queen" for the day. 
I need MANY volunteers, please contact me soon at:

ND WWII Victory Celebration Program and a USO Dance.

There is going to be a ND WWII Victory Celebration Program and a USO Dance.
This event is at the World War Memorial Building in Bismarck.

This event is on October 10, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.

All WWII Vets, families, and friends Welcome.North Dakota’s famed 164th Infantry Regiment is hosting the North Dakota World War II Victory Program and USO-style dance to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the end of the war. 

The October 10th event in Bismarck is being held in conjunction with the 70th Annual reunion of the 164th Infantry Association. The Program will start at 2 pm on Saturday, October 10th. The Victory Dance will be held from 3-5 pm. 
   All who served in World War II, including Merchant Marines, Cadet... Nurses, & “Rosies” are invited to attend, and are asked to RSVP to receive special seating and identification. That’s as easy as phoning the Victory Hotline, 701-333-2064 and leaving call back information. 

  The event will be held in the World War Memorial Building, 215 6th St, Bismarck, which was the National Guard Armory and home to Company A of the 164th Infantry in 1941 when the unit was mobilized. The 188th Army National Guard Band, Fargo, will perform for the program and dance. The lineage of the band is directly connected to the 164th Infantry Band that mobilized from Lisbon for WWII and was later relocated to Fargo. The Program will start at 2 pm on Saturday, October 10th. The Victory Dance will be held from 3-5 pm. 

  The entire event is free and open to the public. “It’s an opportunity to meet and thank the champions living among us,” said Victory Celebration organizer Shirley Olgeirson, Bismarck. “They did this one little thing 70 years ago -- they saved the world!”

Vietnam Memorial Dedication, Sunday, October 4, 2015, Dickinson, ND

Staging will be at Trinity High School Parking Lot at 12:30 pm (1230 Hours) Mountain Time. Trinity HS is at 810 Empire Rd, Dickinson, ND

The event will begin with the bike ride-in at 1:00pm (1300 hours) Mountain Time.

Memorial Location: Take Hwy 22 Exit South 4 blocks then turn right at the traffic lights and go 2 blocks.

All Vietnam Veterans and Gold Star Families are invited to this dedication.

I will serve as Ride Captain, please RSVP me at or 701-214-2996

September Veteran's Memorial Cemetary Ride
We will be doing the September monthly ride on Sunday September 27th.

This is also Gold Star Mothers day.

Stage at GWOT Memorial Bismarck ND at Fraine Barracks (north of the bank of ND) at 4:00 pm ct and leave for the NDVC south of Mandan at 4:15 pm ct.

Since this is GS Mother day we would like to have people bring chairs, something to drink and maybe a snack. That way we can all visit after visiting the graves and waiting for sunset to do another balloon release. If you have any questions let me know.
NDPG RC Arlen Halverson

Flag Mission, Sunday, September 27th Fargo, ND to salute the 15 Soldier Unit

WHAT: ND Guard's 231st Logistical Support Element Freedom Salute

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 27

WHERE: Fargo Armed Forces Center

WHY: To salute the 15-Soldier unit for their recent year-long deployment to CENTCOM

STAGE: Noon with the ceremony commencing at 1:00pm (1300)

The NDPG will provide support for the 9-11 event at the GWOT Memorial Friday, September 11th.

We will be doing a similar event as last year. Team red white and blue will host the Old Glory walk run from Pioneer Park up to the GWOT Memorial, and everyone will start walking at 6:00 pm. The memorial service will begin at 7:00 pm at the GWOT Memorial. Last year we had hot cocoa and so this year we are going to have hot dogs and chips. We will provide traffic control for the run and assist with flipping hot dogs etc.
Staging will be at the GWOT Memorial, Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, ND at 5:30pm.

Flag Line Mission: Carl N Hanson Friday September 11th at 1:15 pm at Mary Hill Manor in Enderlin, ND

The funeral for Carl N Hanson a WWII Marine, will be Friday Sept.11,2015 at Mary Hill Manor in Enderlin, ND at 230pm with visitation 1 hour before. Burial will be at St Petrie, rural Nome, ND (would be some gravel involved). Staging will be at 1:15pm at the Mary Hill Nursing Home on the west side of Enderlin. VernonBjerke will be the RCIC.

Flag Line Mission: Donald J Perleberg Thursday September 10th at 1:00pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Jamestown ND

Donald John Perleberg, Pingree, died Sunday, September 6 at New Rockford, ND. Funeral services for Donald Perleberg will be Thursday September 10th 2015 Jamestown ND at St. John's Lutheran Church . Staging will be at 1:00 pm at Hugos parking lot. Funeral is at 2:00, Burial will be at Pingree Cemetery following. George Quigley will be the RCIC

Flag Line Mission: Harlan D. Wilke 10:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 2nd at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lisbon

Harlan D. Wilke, age 79 years, of Lisbon, ND passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015.  The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 2nd at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 801 Forest Street in Lisbon.  Burial with military honors will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Staging for mission in Lisbon 0900 at the Junction of Hhwy's 32 and 27 (gas plus ,only stop light in town) leaving for the church at 0925.   Vernon Craze will be the RCIC

Harlan D. Wilke -
24 years Army National Guard, Rank:  E8, served in Korea
39 years Chief of Police in Lisbon

70th Anniversary of the end of WWII Proclamation signing by Governor Dalrymple

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Governor Dalrymple will sign a proclamation kicking off the celebration of 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII.
The event is at 2:00 P.M. at the ND Heritage Center-Missouri River Events Center.
The NDPG role in this event is to provide assistance to the WWII vets attending....
We will meet and greet and help them to the Missouri River Events Center.
We need NDPG members present for this task.
We will stage at the Missouri River Events Center at 1:00 P.M.
We have permission for motorcycle parking from Facility Management.
MC parking will be available at the new East Entrance and the old North West entrance.
My hope is to have a few mc with flags flying at each entrance location.
Please spread the word.
Please RSVP me if you are attending.
"Never Forget"
Bob Koeller
Ride Captain Bismarck

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:

Mission: Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch, Exit 4, West of Medora, North Dakota Website with information about the event. 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.)


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.
Arlen Halverson

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 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.
"Never Forget"

 Falgline and escort from 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. 
Dina Ferderer

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
Funeral Home
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


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
4:45 pm.

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.                     
Always on guard By Matthew Liedke • Daily News
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 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.