North Dakota Patriot Guard - "Standing By"
COMPLETED EVENTS AND MISSIONS:

September 11, 2017
 The Patriot Guard has been invited to join the family and friends of U.S. Army veteran Earl H. Mondy in honoring the life and service of Earl. Earl served in the National Guard and active duty Army during the Korean War. He passed away on September 6, 2017. The funeral service will be held September 11, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Minto, ND. He will be buried with Military Honors at the Minto Cemetery.
Location:            Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 629 – 3 Street, Minto ND
Staging:               9:00 AM
Flag-line:             9:30 AM
Stand-down:     10:30 AM (When service begins)
Stage at cemetery prior to service concluding and set flag-line for arrival of procession.
Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

September 9, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and service of USMC veteran William J. Cole at a memorial service on September 9, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Buffalo, ND Cemetery. William served in the US Marine Corps from 1963-1966 which included one tour in Vietnam. He also served in the North Dakota Highway Patrol from 1968-1975. Military Honors will be presented by the Buffalo Legion and the Patriot Guard will assist in the presentation of the flag to William’s family.
 
Staging:   1:00 PM Legion Hall, Strand Avenue & Main Street, Buffalo
Flag-line: 1:45 PM Buffalo Cemetery, ½ mile East of Buffalo on Co Rd 10 (pavement)
Dismissal: At conclusion of short ceremony and Military Honors
RCIC:  Frank Hebert

July 22, 2017
The ND Patriot Guard will be traveling to Wishek, ND to conduct a coining ceremony for eight elderly veterans that are residents at retirement and nursing communities on July 22, 2017.  We will take a bike ride, have a fellowship lunch together, and conduct the coin ceremony before returning home.  Other locations of NDPG members can also arrange/schedule a similar ride from communities outside of Bismarck/Mandan.  The local American Legion will also support the event, so we're getting the five names and periods of service for these folks and will coin them as well.

In total more than 13 coins will be distributed to veterans, four of them from WWII and another four from the Korean War era.

If you are available, this is such a wonderful event.  The stories the veterans tell are the best.  There will be patriotic music, snacks/beverages after, etc. to enjoy.

Stage:   Oasis Truckstop, 8:30-8:50am
Depart:  8:50am
Distance:  99 miles
Location:  Wishek Living Center, 400 4th St S, Wishek, ND 58495
Time:  1:30pm

July 18, 2017
We honor the life of WWII Navy Veteran Yeoman First Class Thomas Nielson.  Stage at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Church at 9:45 am ct for a short briefing. At 10:00 am ct we will stand a flag line until the service starts at 11:00 am. We will stand down during the service. 
After the service we will provide an escort to the NDVC and stand a flag line.
Note the weather forecast shows high 90's so come prepared to be self-sufficent and take breaks when needed. Also remember cell phones turned off or silent. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

July 13, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited to present a flag-line honoring 5 "Hometown Heroes". Five armed services members, active and retired,  have been chosen to be honored during the grandstand event at the Red River Valley Fair. They will presented these honors at 7:00 P.M. before the start of the concert. Participants will form a flag-line in front of the stage during the presentations.
 
Those interested in participating will stage at Stockman's Supply parking lot at 6:00PM. Stockman's is located at West Main Avenue and Stockyards Road (9th St West), West Fargo. You will travel as a group to the fairgrounds. The route in the fairgrounds is gravel but is in good condition.
Frank Hebert  RCIC

July 10, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been asked to assist in escorting the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial  from just east of Moorhead, MN to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND. Staging will be at Titan Machinery, 3314 – 70th St So, Glyndon, MN. Titan is located south of I-94 from Exit 6 east of Moorhead.

Staging will be at 2:15 PM with anticipated departure between 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM and travel west on I-94 escorted by law enforcement from North Dakota and Minnesota. Various other 1st Responders to include Fire and Ambulance.
RC Tony Krogh

July 7, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been requested to honor the life and service of Donald A. Yoder, U.S. Navy veteran at the West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo, ND. Donald served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 – 1954. Within days of Donald arriving at basic training the Korean War broke out. Donald passed away at his home in Menahga, MN. 
 
Staging:               West Funeral Home, 321 Sheyenne St, West Fargo 12:30 PM
Flag line:              1:00 PM
Stand down:        2:00 PM during service
 
Burial service at Riverside Cemetery, 2102 5 St So, Fargo   3:00 PM
A flag line will be posted at the cemetery for the burial service.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the 80’s so plan to be self-sufficient for sun protection and hydration. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles. Cell phones should be turned off or on vibrate during the flag lines.
Thank you for your commitment in honoring our veterans and their families.
Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

June 26, 2017
Escort and Burial at the NDVC south of Mandan. 
Stage at DaWise-Perry funeral home 4614 memorial Hwy. Mandan ND (east end of the strip on North side) at 11:30 am ct. For those caging meet out at the cemetery no earlier than 11:45 am ct and wait for us to arrive before bringing your flag line flags out. We do not want to interrupt any other service that may be going on. We will stand a Flagline outside the chapel at the cemetery as we normally do. Watch for any changes that may occur. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

June 24, 2017
Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander was a little over two weeks shy of his 34th birthday on Dec. 7, 1941. He never made it to his birthday as he was in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was one of the first ships on Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor that was damaged by the Japanese Navy.

After 75 years, seven months and 17 days, Neuenschwander is returning home to Fessenden. Ross Johnson, Neuenschwander’s nephew, said there will be a memorial service in the old Fessenden gymnasium at 2 p.m. June 24, followed by a military burial at 3 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery.

June 24, 2017    Fessenden School Gymnasium, Fessenden, ND
Staging: 12:30 PM         
Flag-line:           1:00 PM
Stand down:      2:00 PM
This also will be a rain or shine mission. The flag-line will be posted during the scheduled visitation and be posted at the cemetery.

The USS Oklahoma was hit by eight or nine torpedoes in the first 10 minutes of the Japanese Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The battleship was so damaged by the torpedoes that it capsized at its berth, trapping hundreds of men, including Neuenschwander, inside.

Johnson said where his uncle was stationed in the ship was also part of the ship’s tool shop, including welding equipment and shears, which are large scissors used for cutting metal. When the Oklahoma capsized, all that equipment went flying and likely killed Neuenschwander.

Johnson said a representative from the Navy called him in 2010 or 2011 stating that the Navy was attempting to contact family members of sailors who died on the USS Oklahoma and were buried in a mass grave after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Through the use of DNA from surviving family members, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was able to identify Neuenschwander’s remains. Johnson said he was contacted by Gerald Bach, a naval officer with the POW/MIA Accounting Agency, to review the information provided by Neuenschwander’s family. The family was notified on Feb. 4 that Neuenschwander’s remains had been found.

Neuenschwander’s remains will be buried next to his parents in Hillside Cemetery. He said he and members of his extended family are grateful for the effort that went into finding and identifying his uncle’s remains.

June 8, 2017
We honor the life and service of Marine James Graf.  His funeral will be on Thursday, at 10:00am CDT at Corpus Christi Church at 1919 N. 2nd Street, Bismarck, ND.  Stage at the south parking lot at 9:15am and conduct flag line from 9:30am - 10:00am and once again after the conclusion of the mass as the casket departs the church into the hearse.  

Weather forecast is looking to be warm with temps nearing 80* by the end of the Mass of Christian Burial. The internment ceremony is delayed until June 15, 2017 (Thursday), or later.

June 8, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and service of FM1C Warren G. Nelson, U.S. Marines. Nelson was assigned to Company E, 2 Battalion, 8 Marines, 2 Marine Division in November, 1943, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Nelson was killed some time during the first day of battle, November 20, 1943. In the immediate aftermath of the fighting, U.S. service members who died in action were buried in numerous battlefield cemeteries on the island. In June, 2015, the remains of 35 U.S. Marines were discovered in a burial site on the island. In 2016, the remains of Nelson were positively identified.

FM1C Warren G. Nelson will be returned to Fargo, North Dakota where a dignified transfer will take place. Nelson will be transferred to Lakota, North Dakota for a funeral service on Saturday June, 10, 2017.
Tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 8, 2017      
9:00 PM Staging - West of Terminal at Fargo Hector Airport
9:30 PM      A flag line for the dignified transfer at Fargo Hector Airport
 
Saturday June 10, 2017
9:30 AM        Staging in Lakota, North Dakota
10:00 AM      Flag-line posted
11:00 AM       Funeral Service - flag line stands down
11:30 AM       Service at cemetery (G Avenue & 7th St W), flag line posted

May 29, 2017
Join in honoring USAF veteran Leonard "Bud" Eng on Monday in Devils Lake, ND.  Leonard passed away on November 2, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, CA . He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and his family promised him one last motorcycle trip to North Dakota where he grew up.

Escort from the home of a family member to the Devils Lake Cemetery. Staging will be at Holiday gas station located just west of ND Hwy 20 on US Hwy 2 at 9:00 am. We will ride from there to the family member's home. From there we will escort them to the Cemetery for a service where we will post a flag line. The cemetery is located at 14th Ave and 7th St NE, Devils Lake.
This will be a rain or shine mission. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.
Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

May 27, 2017
The NDPG has been asked to help celebrate the life of SSG David Kuehl. David was killed in action on May 22, 2007.
There will be a short ceremony, stories, and music at the Riverside cemetery south of Breckenridge, MN starting at 10:30 am ct so I think we should be there no later than 10:15. 
The family does not want a flag line. It's okay however to have Flags on the bikes. They want us there for support. After the Cemetery we are invited out to the farm for a lunch and visiting. Minnesota is also invited so we may also meet up with them.
Stage: M&H gas station 9th/Dakota Ave. at 9:30 am. We will have a short meeting and leave for cemetery at 10:00 am sharp. The cemetery in only 1/2 mile south of Breckenridge Minnesota so we will not be traveling over 35 mph. 
 Please private message me or comment on our FB page if you plan on making it to the farm for lunch afterwards so they know how many for food. Also it is 1/2mi of gravel to the farm, but Amy said it's good gravel.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

May 23, 2017
The family of U.S. Navy veteran Peter Mehl has invited the Patriot Guard to honor the life and service of Peter on Tuesday May 23 at 1:00 pm. The service will be held at 1st Assembly Church, 3401 So. 25th Street, Fargo, ND. 

Staging: 1st Assembly of God, 3401 So 25th St, Fargo, ND  @ 11:30 AM - Southwest parking lot
Briefing: 11:45 AM
Flag-line: Noon
Stand-down: 1:00 PM at beginning of service
Flag-line: At conclusion of service

We have also been requested to be present at the burial at Riverside Cemetery. Those details are still pending. Further details will be forwarded as they become available.Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles. Plan to be self sufficient regarding apparel and fluids. This will be a rain or shine mission.
Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

May 21, 2017
On Sunday, the second part mission for Navy Seal Devon Grube who died accidentally on Dec 28th 2016. The escort will start in Cavalier with the burial in Pembina.
Stage:  11:30am at Askew Funeral Home, 209 Elizabeth St. West, Cavalier.
Briefing: 11:45 am with kickstands up at 12pm. 
About a 30-minute ride to the Pembina Cemetery. Flag line at the burial.
Dismiss: After family leaves.  Depending on the weather channel you prefer, it's a 0 to 60 percent chance of rain. This is a rain or shine mission, drive safe and may need to cage it. We will be driving about 50 MPH and the route will be some county roads for traffic reasons. Remember to bring your 3X5 flags and poles.
Bruce Burgess
Ride Captain

May 18, 2017
The NDPG has been asked to help, among multiple other patriotic groups, escort the Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance from the eastbound on-ramp at Sweet Briar Lake to the Bismarck Civic Center.  Staging info, departure time, and escort route is forthcoming.  No single group is taking the lead on this, but the Vets Motorcycle Group Honor Guard will lead the escort and act as road guards at 13 intersections that have stoplights.  The remainder of the bikes/escort group will fall in BEHIND the truck.  

The escort route will be travel east from exit 134 on I-94 to Exit 153 (Kooper Chevrolet/Mandan Refinery Exit) and head south on Mandan Street (past Burger King) and on to the Memorial Highway (aka The Strip). We will travel east down Memorial Highway, across the Memorial Bridge and head for Main Street Bismarck. We will turn south on 5 street and the truck will need to turn into the Civic Center Exhibition Hall parking lot. Because of the large flags that will be displayed on the bikes, highway speeds will be limited to 55 MPH.

The public viewing will be May 19-21 at the Civic Center.

May 14-15, 2017
The WDAY Honor Flight will depart from Hector International Airport in Fargo for Washington, D.C. on Sunday, and return Monday. Organizers hope to take 110 veterans for this flight. The participants will include World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans. The flight provides those vets with the chance to see their memorials free of charge. The Patriot Guard would like to honor these heroes with a flag line for their departure. Please join us in sending them off on their adventure.

Location: Upper level Hector International 
Staging/Flag line: 5:30 AM
Stand down: After veterans have entered security (approximately 7:00 AM)

Monday Staging:   6:30 PM
RCIC:  Frank Hebert
 
Please park motorcycles around the curve to the west of the terminal near the rental car lot. Remember your 3X5 flags and poles. This will be an inside mission. 
Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

April  21, 2017
The NDPG has been asked to honor the life of WWII Veteran USMC Corporal Fred J. Schmidt.  Funeral is in Minot, Christ Lutheran Church, 502 17th St. NW.  Stage by 8:55am for a short meeting and then conduct a flag line before the service begins.
Bob Koehler is the acting RC

The Burial will be at 3:00 pm ct  at the NDVC south of Mandan. Those caging please meet at the chapel at the NDVC south of Mandan at 2:50 pm ct.  Please do not be at the chapel any earlier because we DO NOT want to interrupt any other services. Also don't forget your flags. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

April 18, 2017
The NDPG has been asked to honor the life of Calvin Mittelsteadt . He served in Korea and Vietnam. Stage at the east bound exit ramp on exit 153 (the Mandan Ave. exit) at 2:15 pm ct on Tuesday April 18th. We will escort the hearse to the NDVC Cemetery south of Mandan. We will stand a Flagline at the cemetery, so remember your Flags. The service at the cemetery is at 3:00 pm ct. If you head straight to the cemetery please do not be there before 2:50 pm ct because there are other services that day and we do not want to interrupt them. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC 

April 15, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited by the family of US Army veteran Charles "Chuck" McLean to honor his life and service. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Petersburg Lutheran Church, 309 - 5th St, Petersburg. Petersburg is located on U.S Highway 2 approximately 45 miles west of Grand Forks, ND.

Staging: 9:45 a.m at the church
Flagline: 10:00 a.m.
Stand-down: 11:00 a.m. for service
Flagline: at conclusion of service for exit
Escort: approximately 4 blocks to the cemetery
Flagline: at cemetery
Dismissal: at conclusion of graveside service
RCIC: John Waters, NDPG

March 21, 2017
MSG Dominic Anthony burial is at the ND Veteran Cemetery. The NDPG will stand a Flagline on before the internment ceremony at 2:00 pm ct. We will stage at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 904 8th Ave SE, Mandan at 1:15 pm ct. Hopefully it will be possible to have a few bikes for an escort. Let's stage and decide a plan from there. We plan on leaving for the NDVC Cemetery around 1:40 pm ct. Please do not show up at the NDVC Cemetery before 1:45. We do not want to interrupt a different service. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

March 17, 2017
The Patriot Guard to honor the life and service ofMSgt Dominic Anthony Cook, USAF (ret).  Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 127 - 2nd Ave E. West Fargo, ND at 11:00am. Dominic served for 19 years in the US Air Force and also served several deployments. He was injured during a deployment and ultimately was discharged from the Air Force.
Flag-line: 10:00am
Dismissal: At conclusion of service
RCIC: Tony Krogh

March 11, 2016
461st Engineer Company is  returning home. The 461st deployed on April 7, 2016 and is made up of personnel from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, Minnesota, Idaho, and Washington. They will be returning on two flights. Upon landing, they will board buses and be transported to the Sanford Health Athletic Complex at 17th Avenue and North University Drive. The Patriot Guard has been asked to join with their families in welcoming the 461st home.

Two-part Mission:
1) First flag line= Location: Sanford Health Athletic Complex, 17th Ave and N. Univ Drive, Fargo.  Staging: 1:00 PM at the Athletic Complex.  Briefing: 1:30 PM.  Flagline: 1:45 PM (Approx).  Stand-down: After arrival and reunification of soldiers/families
2) Second flag line= 4:00 PM (Approx).  Stand-down: After arrival and reunification of second group soldiers/families
RCIC: Tony Krogh

March 9, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited to the Send Off Ceremony for 1st Battalion 188th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) at 6:00 PM as they prepare for their upcoming deployment. The send off will take place at the Sanford Health Athletics Complex.

Where: Sanford Health Athletics Complex, Fargo, ND
When: March 9, 2017 at 6:00pm
Why: Deployment to National Capitol Region (2nd deployment there)
Staging: North entrance to complex
Staging Time: 4:45 PM
Briefing and Flag line: 5:00 PM
Standdown: 6:00 PM
RCIC: Kevin Roseland / Frank Hebert

Ride Captain Kevin Roseland will be presenting a NDPG flag to the unit to take with them on their mission.
Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

March 1, 2017
The ND Patriot Guard has been requested by the family of Joseph Burkhardsmeier, WWII US Navy veteran, inducted into the Navy on May 5, 1944 where he served for two years as ship fitter 3/C. 
He passed away on 2/25/2017, in Fargo, ND. Funeral is at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1005 1st St, West Fargo, ND.  Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery following the service.

Stage 1: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Report by 9:45 AM, Flag line: 10:00 AM, Stand-down: 11:00 AM
Stage 2: Holy Cross Cemetery, Report by 11:30, Flag-line 12:00 
Stand-down: Conclusion of service
RCIC: Tony Krogh.

February 18, 2017
The family of MSG Mark McCowan, 3rd Special Forces Grp, requests an escort this Saturday, February 18th, from Buehler/Larson funeral home in Mandan to the New Salem High School for his funeral services.
He will be escorted home with detail and move MSG McCowan to a hearse Thursday. Mark will then be transported to Buehler/ Larson funeral home in Mandan.

January 15th, 2017
Flag line for Devon Grube who died accidentally on Dec 28,2016.
Funeral will be in Cavalier, ND. Sunday Jan 15th. 1:00PM 
Where: Cavalier Public School. 300 Main St
Briefing: 11:30 AM.
Flag line: 11:45 AM until 1:00 PM. 
Funeral is planned to last 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  As of now we will form the flag line inside the school. So plan on bringing warm clothes in case we are outside. Temps for Sunday around 15-20 degrees.
Plan on being self-sufficient. Remember to bring your 3X5 Flag.
In case of updates please check back.

Ride Captain is Bruce Burgess.

December 18th, 2016
The Wreaths Across America at ND Veterans Cemetery is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow Sunday December 18th at 3:00 pm ct. We will do a shortened monthly ride, also, by saying a prayer and releasing balloons by the flag poles.
Arlen Halverson NDPG

December 11th, 2016
Devils Lake, ND
136th CSSB send-off ceremony, deploying to Afghanistan.  
Ceremony will be at the Devils Lake High School at 1:00 PM. 1601 College Drive North, Devils Lake, ND.
Quick briefing at 11:30am and flag line by 11:45am. Remember your 3x5 flags.
Ride Captain will be Bruce Burgess

November 23rd, 2016
Honor the life of Kenneth Draskovic. The burial is 2:30 pm mt at St. Bonaventure cemetery  (north of SD DOT shop north of highway 12) McIntosh, SD. Stage at the Co-op station at 1:45pm mt and at 2:00 pm mt move to old implement building east of SD-DOT shop. Nancy and I plan on escorting as of now and it is only about 300 feet the cemetery, but when possible I feel they deserve an escort.  
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

November 13th, 2016
Bismarck/Mandan area, we have been requested to participate in a law enforcement support rally on Sunday, November 13th. Stage in the ND-DOT east parking lot by 3:30pm. We will be messaged at the beginning of the program to ride around to the capital mall area by 4pm. The rally runs until 6pm.
Senator John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer, and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley will speak. They will also have a donation table for gathering funds to support a wish list by LEO's performing long hours of overtime in southern Morton County.
The NDPG will enter the rally, turn off our bikes, prepare our 3x5 flags, and present a flag line in honor of our uniformed officers. Feel free to shake hands with those in uniform present. Once the speaker(s) of the rally are completed members present can continue participating or depart at that point.It will be windy on Sunday afternoon, so be prepared for the wind as well as the temperatures.

November 5th, 2016
We will be doing the November  monthly ride on Saturday.  Stage at Mandan McDonalds at 1:00 pm CDT leave for Veteran's Cemetery at  1:30 pm CDT.

October 29, 2016
Flagline at Funeral and Burial. Bike escort weather permitting.
Where: Funeral will be at the River of Life Church in Devils Lake,ND. (1903 Highway ND-20).
Time: 9:15 AM Briefing.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Flagline 1 Hour before and until service starts. Break during service. 
Flagline again as the veteran & family exits church after service.
Burial will be at the Cemetery in Crary ND. We will provide an escort and flag line at the Cemetery. Dismissal will be after Family departs.

Times/ plans may change. Updates will be posted.
We thank Rocky Littlewind for his service to our country. RIP.
Ours thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and Friends in this difficult time.

Ride Captain = Bruce Burgess
bburgess57@gra.midco.net

October 7th, 2016
Friday October 7th Mott ND. Good Samaritan 401 Millionaire Ave Mott ND 58646. As of now it's 1:30 or 2:00 pm mt. Will post correct  time when I know.
Arlen Halverson NDPG 
arlen.halverson@gmail.com

October 8th, 2016
Dickinson ND. We will be handing out challenge coins at three for sure, but possibly five nursing homes (just waiting for call backs on two of them):

  11:00 Am Mt = St Lukes Home, 242 W 10th St Dickinson; 
  1:00 Pm Mt = Hawks Point, 1266 Signal Butte Dickinson; 
  2:00 Pm Mt = The Evergreen, 2143 6th Ave W Dickinson; 
  3:00pm MT = St. Benedicts Health Center, 851 4th Ave E. Dickinson; and,
  4:00pm MT = Country House, 628 24th St W. Dickinson
  
Arlen Halverson NDPG 
arlen.halverson@gmail.com

September 30th, 2016
Friday at 1:00pm MT we will be issuing challenge coins at Jacobson Care Center 601 East St N Elgin ND 58533. West entrance, it's hooked onto the hospital. Stage at Gunny's (it's at the north edge of town along high way 49 on the west side at 12:00pm MT and leave for nursing home at 12:45pm MT. Please note the mountain time zone.

September 25th, 2016
The monthly ride to the ND Veterans Cemetery will be on September 25th, which is also Gold Star Mothers Day.  Please join us at the Mandan McDonalds at 5:45pm.  We will depart from there and ride to the cemetery at 6pm.   After a prayer under the flags, and releasing balloons at sunset in remembrance of those that died this month, we will visit the graves of the fallen during the GWOT.

RC will be Norm and Susan Westbrook

September 18th, 2016
Medina dedicating a firefighter 9/11 monument on Sunday at 2pm.  The first part of the ceremony will be at the city auditorium, just west of the only 4-way stop sign.  They have received an artifact from the twin towers in NYC and have built a monument around the steel structure.   

They would like Patriot Guard participation with a flag line and a short escort, after the indoor ceremony, to the park five blocks away where the firefighter monument is actually located.   There will be refreshments & cake after the events back at the auditorium.

Jamestown folks stage at the Cork & Barrel near Exit 258 and depart by 12:30pm.  Bismarck folks stage at the Exit 161 truck stop depart by 12:15pm.  Sunday forecast is sunny and 81-degrees. Remember your 3'x5' flags and anything else to sustain yourself.

September 17th, 2016
NDPG will issue challenge coins to veterans at two nursing homes: 
  1) Hettinger: Western Horizons Care Center, 1104 US-12 Hettinger ND 58639. Meet there around 12:45 pm MT. Program starts at 1:00 pm MT. We will be leaving there at 2:00 pm MT.
   2) Bowman: Southwest Health Care Services 802 2nd St NW. We hope to be there by 3:00 pm MT. 
Hope to see you there. Please take note that times posted are Mountain Time.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RCIC
arlen.halverson@gmail.com


September 16th, 2016
Dickinson, ND Citizenship Day
Stage at Hagen Jr High, 402 4th St West (just off 3rd Ave West) at 0800 MT.  We will ride four blocks north to the Memorial Park where we will stand a flag line for a short program.  Once the program is completed the mission will be completed.

Ron Van Doorne will be the acting RC

September 9-11th, 2016
The ND National Guard will be hosting a "We Will Never Forget" event to honor the Families of our fallen and requested the North Dakota Patriot Guard to help out with this event. This is the plan so far and plans may change and as they do I will post them.

    Friday September 9th: Stage in front of the Ramada Bismarck Hotel (1400 E. Interchange Ave. Bismarck ND 58501) at 2:30 pm ct, where we will stand a Flagline to welcome the Families as they arrive. 

    Saturday September 10th: We will be doing an escort from the hotel to the circle C ranch north of Bismarck on highway 83, mile marker 99. Stage at the hotel at 3:45pm ct. We will have a short meeting about the plan. As of now we will send most of the bikes to the ranch to stand a flagline. We may be parking in grass so remember your kickstand pads.  

  Sunday September 11th: Stage at 9:00am ct at Bank of North Dakota parking lot 1200 memorial Hwy (east end of memorial bridge).  At approximately 9:45 am ct we will get a phone call that it's time for us to ride into GWOT Memorial. So we will want to be on or close to our bikes at 9:40 so we are ready when the call comes in. 

September 3, 2016
11:00am
Flag line for memorial service of Kim Baurichter at the Bruflat Church, 1023 Parke Ave, Portland, ND.  Stage at the church by 10:20am.  When the service ends a flag line by the entry doors again while Kim is prepared for the motorcade.  Once the motorcade departs for the cemetery the mission will be completed.
Vern Bjerke, RCIC

September 1, 2016
3:30 pm
A send off. For over 25 yrs, three Veterans have layed unnamed in a section of Potter's Field east of North Memorial Cemetary (2215 Gateway Dr, directly behind strip mall or far east area) in Grand Forks, ND. I came upon this situation when I decorate other Veteran and citizens graves prior to Memorial Day, I had noticed white plactic markers had been placed. After the holiday, I made further inquires, worked with the Veteran's affairs office and we ordered their headstones. We will be placing the head stones and would like your presence if possible. 

Veteran's Recognized:  
  1. Duane Burwell, Korea Veteran; 
  2. Elery McDonald, WWII Veteran; and,
  3.  Harry Ose, WWII Veteran

August 19th, 2016
Escort military family and remains of Todd Garcia to the Veteran's Cemetery for internment.
Arrive at Bismarck Funeral Home, 3723 Lockport St. Bismarck, by 10:00am. Depart on escorting the family to the Veteran's Cemetery by 10:30am. Conduct a flag line outside the entryway to the chapel for the commitment service at 11:00am. Once the ceremony begins the mission will end.
Remember to bring your 3'x5' flags for the flag line. Joseph Kraft will be the Ride Captain of the day for this mission.

July 4th, 2016
Monthly ride staging at Mandan McDonalds (2601 memorial Hwy.) 1:00 pm ct and leave for NDVC Cemetery south of Mandan at1:15 pm ct.

July 5th, 2016
Escort the Wounded Warrior Family Support Ford Shelby Mustang "High Five Tour" from Edgewood Vista in Mandan to the Edgewood Vista & Village in Bismarck. 
    1) Stage at Edgewood Vista - Mandan, 2801 39th Ave SE, no later than 3pm (Meet & Greet from 2pm-3pm)
    2) Escort caravan to Edgewood Vista & Village - Bismarck, 3124 Colorago Lane, between 3pm-4pm
    3) Fundraiser and festivities, grilled hot dogs/chips, etc. 4pm-5pm

Wounded Warriors Family Support has earned Charity Navigator's highest four-star rating.
RCIC is Gerard Schwan

July 6th, 2016
Escort the Wounded Warrior Family Support Ford Shelby Mustang "High Five Tour" from Edgewood Vista in Grand Forks 
    1) Stage at Edgewood Vista - 322 Demers Avenue, Suite 500, no later than 11:00am (Meet & Greet from 11:30am-2pm)
    2) Fundraiser and festivities, grilled hot dogs/chips, etc.


Flag-line for the send-off ceremony and departure of the 461 Engineer Co, ND National Guard
Then North Dakota Patriot Guard has been requested to present a flag-line for the send-off ceremony and departure of the 461 Engineer Co, North Dakota National Guard. This will be a two part mission. Approximately 160 soldiers will be departing for deployment to Kuwait.

Part 1 Send-Off Ceremony Friday April 8, 2016
The ceremony will take place at the Festival Concert Hall of the Reineke Fine Arts Building at NDSU. Reineke Building is located at 12Th Avenue North and Bolley Dr., approximately 1 block east of 16th Street. Parking is available in the T2 lot which is located on the north side of 12th Avenue and west side of Bolley Dr. Bolley Drive has a traffic light which is the first light East of 16 the Street and 1st light west of University Dr. Reineke is the building on the east side of Bolley Dr.  Walk east along 12th Avenue past the traffic light to the east side of that building.
Staging:                0730
Briefing:                0745
Flag-line:              0800
Stand down:        0900

If you choose to, you are invited to remain for the program.
RCIC:                Tony Krogh

Part 2 Departure Sunday April 10, 2016
The 461 will depart from the old Hector Terminal on 23 Avenue North. To reach the old terminal, from 19th Avenue North, turn north on 16th Street. Proceed north until you reach 23rd Avenue (dead end) and turn left approximately 1 block. You will be in a parking lot for the terminal. The soldiers will leave in two groups.
Staging:    0800
Briefing:    0830
Flag-line:  0900
Departure:0930
Stand Down
Flagline:  1000
Departure: 1030
Stand Down / Dismissal
RCIC:    Tony Krogh

Please join us in showing our support to our deploying troops. As they set aside months to serve their country, let us set aside time to demonstrate that we not only recognize their sacrifice, but also commit to be a support for them and their families during this time. It is anticipated that these will be outdoor missions so please plan to be self sufficient and dress for the conditions. Please inspect your outer wear to ensure that there are no patches, etc that could be deemed offensive to the families. Thank you in advance for your dedication.
Tony Krogh
NDPG Asst. State Capt.

Challenge Coin ceremony
Who: WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other Vets
Where: Sanford Health Continuing Care – Mandan, 201 14th St. NW
When: Wednesday, April 6, 3:00pm
Stage: NLT 2:45pm in the Dining Room
Why: Recognize and issue challenge coins to 4 veterans... Each NDPG member attending can volunteer to award one of these heroes. I will bring the coins.
You can contact me via phone,, if you have any questions.

Gerard Schwan
Bis/Man Area Ride Captain


March monthly ride.
We will be doing the monthly ride on Saturday March 19th. Stage at GWOT Memorial ( north of the bank of ND at Fraine Barracks) at 12:45 pm CT and leave for the NDVC south of Mandan at 1:00 pm ct.

Challenge Coin ceremony
Who: WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other Vets
Where: Valley View Heights, 2500 Valleyview Ave. Bismarck
When: Friday, March 18th, 2:00pm
Stage: NLT 1:45pm, Activity Room
Why: Recognize and issue challenge coins to 11 veterans... Each NDPG member attending can volunteer to award one of these heroes. I will bring the coins. You can contact me via phone,, if you have any questions. There will be more of these ceremonies scheduled over the upcoming weeks.

Celebration ceremony of the Legion's 97th birthday
The NDPG has been invited by the Goodrich American Legion post to participate in their celebration ceremony of the Legion's 97th birthday. Goodrich is 78mi northeast of Bismarck and 91mi southeast of Minot. The post commander is adding the NDPG to his ceremony so we can award all attending veterans challenge coins from the service period of their respective duty dates. Carpooling is suggested. We already have three people scheduled to depart from Bismarck, if anyone else ...is interested. Who: WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other Vets
Where: Goodrich School Gymnasium, corner of Sarles St. & 4th Street West
When: Tuesday, March 15th, 7:00pm
Stage: NLT 6:45pm, carpooling from Bismarck Kmart parking lot (immediately behind McDonalds), departing at 5:30pm
Why: Recognize and issue challenge coins to 23 veterans as the locals celebrate the 97th birthday of the American Legion. Each NDPG member attending can volunteer to honor one of these heroes. I will bring the coins. You can contact me via phone,.

Gerard Schwan
Bis/Man Area Ride Captain

 Short presentation to the Fargo Optimist Club
03-09-16, we were invited to give a short presentation to the Fargo Optimist Club regarding the mission and organization of the Patriot Guard. At Dave Pagels request, I stepped in and provided about a 15-20 minute overview of our Mission Statement, History and a summary of some of our recent activities. While the group was small (about 15 of their 32 members came), the presentation went smoothly. At the end, I asked if any veterans were in the audience, and I identified... 2 veterans, and the widow of a Viet Nam Veteran. To them, I handed out one challenge coin a piece, thanked them for their service and provided a warm welcome home.
Overall, the presentation went well and the questions from the group were relevant and purposeful.
The Optimists have a Mission that includes development of respect for Law Enforcement in youth, and also encourages Patriotism and Community involvement. Overall, their mission somewhat parallels our own, so Mission Complete.

Challenge Coin ceremony
Who: WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other Vets
Where: Liberty Heights, 1500 3rd Ave NW, Mandan. 
When: Friday, March 4th, 3:00pm
Stage: NLT 2:50pm at the corner of 15th St. and 3rd Ave (outside)
Why: Recognize and issue challenge coins to 13 veterans living at this facility.
We do not have a facility available to issue these coins, so we will split up and walk around, door-to-door, to issue the coins to residents at their apartments. Each NDPG member attending can volunteer to issue each of these heroes a challenge coin, which I will bring. More events like this are scheduled for the Bis/Man area in the coming weeks. Forecast for Friday afternoon is partly sunny and upper 40's.
You can contact me via phone,.

Gerard Schwan
Bis/Man Area Ride Captain


FEBRUARY 2016 Completed EVENTS AND MISSIONS

Law enforcement from across the nation gathered in Fargo, ND today to honor the dedicated service and the life of Jason Moszer, who was killed last week after he joined fellow officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call. Jason was a medic in Bosnia and Iraq, when he served with the Minnesota National Guard, and he joined the Fargo PD upon his return stateside. He served with distinction, and earned a Silver Star for saving the life of a child in a house fire. Officer Moszer was also an avid rider, a biker. Osa and I were welcomed by the North Dakota Patriot Guard Riders as we joined them in the flag line. We were struck with awe at the hundreds of law enforcement vehicles which practically surrounded us, and by the thousands of law enforcement people who walked through the flag line along with Jason's family and friends. Remember Officer Moszer, and other military and law officers who have given their lives. Please consider viewing the funeral service through this link.http://www.valleynewslive.com/…/3600-in-attendance-at-Offic…
"Remember life is fragile. Tell the people you love that you love them every day."






MISSION ANNOUNCEMENT
General:
ND PG has been cordially invited to participate in the honor of Officer Jason Moszer. Officer Moszer gave his life in the line of duty, protecting our community from harm. Our Mission is not only to provide a Showing of Honor, Respect and Dignity as his body takes his last patrol, but also to honor his remaining family as well as the law enforcement community. The activities regarding this will occur on 02-22-2016 at the Scheels Arena. A second part of this mission will be at the Hanson - Runsvold Funeral Parlor in Fargo. Details will follow in a later part of this posting.

1. We are fortunate to have the help and support of many in organizing some of this massive effort. We expect participation by some from the MN PG as well as the SD PG. National has also been copied regarding this event.
Ride Captain(s)
Kevin Roseland RCIC ND
Frank Hebert RC ND
Dave Pagel RC ND
Karla Richardson - MN PG State Captain
Dean Foell - MN PG RC
Jim Lentsch - SD PG State Captain 
(other associates not yet named)
We look forward to your participation. As always, Honor, Respect and Dignity!
Kevin


FEBRUARY MONTHLY RIDE
We did the February ride on Sunday February 7th.
Staged at GWOT Memorial 12:45 pm ct. Left for NDVC south of Mandan at 1:00 pm ct.
I want to thank Gene O'Neill for taking the pictures some did not turn out (do to the wind and having trouble standing up, wind was ferocious). Also we did have 10 people today, great turnout with the weather the way it was. We will Never Forget!













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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.


COMPLETED 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
 

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 had requested the North Dakota Patriot Guard to present a flag-line at
the dedication of the memorial for fallen NDSU ROTC members.
 
The dedication was 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
 
The WDAY Honor Flight will be leaving from Fargo Hector Field

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

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

The return flight was 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.  

 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 hfotusa.org. 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 orrasnake@live.com

RSVP to Bob Keller at rasnake@live.comor
Hope to see you there. 

"Never Forget"
Bob

ND WWII Victory Celebration Program and a USO Dance.


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

This event was 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, 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 was 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  began 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 Sargent-Jim@hotmail.com or

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

This was 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


Completed 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 did a similar event as last year. Team red white and blue hosted the Old Glory walk run from Pioneer Park up to the GWOT Memorial, and everyone  started walking at 6:00 pm. The memorial service was at 7:00 pm at the GWOT Memorial. Last year we had hot cocoa and so this year we had hot dogs and chips. We provided traffic control for the run and assist with flipping hot dogs etc.
Staging was 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, was Friday Sept.11,2015 at Mary Hill Manor in Enderlin, ND at 230pm with visitation 1 hour before. Burial was at St Petrie, rural Nome, ND (would be some gravel involved). Staging was at 1:15pm at the Mary Hill Nursing Home on the west side of Enderlin. Vernon Bjerke was the RCIC.

Completed Mission: 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 were Thursday September 10th 2015 Jamestown ND at St. John's Lutheran Church . Staging was at 1:00 pm at Hugos parking lot. Funeral at 2:00, Burial was at the Pingree Cemetery following. George Quigley was  the RCIC

Completed Mission: 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

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Governor Dalrymplesigned a proclamation kicking off the celebration of 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII.
Several WWII vets were in attendance, several were ladies.
All were recognized by name by the Governor.
Some told of events that they experience during there service.
The oldest was 102 years young.
Seven NDPG members were present, two from the Fargo area.
NDPG assisted with escorting the vets from vehicles to were the event was held.
Thanks again for respect and dignity shown to the vets.
Bob Koeller
Ride Captain Bismarck

rasnake@live.com


Completed Mission: 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      Email Address: efmyers@efmyersconsulting.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.)


Completed Mission: 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

Completed Mission: 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
NDPG RC

Completed Mission: 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 

Completed Mission: 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.
 
"Never Forget"
Bob






















Completed Mission: 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 had 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 was Friday, July 24, 2015 from 5 to 7 PM at West Funeral Home and we held a flag-line until the prayer service started.  

Funeral was Saturday at 10 AM at Faith Lutheran Church, West Fargo.  Flag-line stood down during service and re-deploy at the conclusion of the service during Military Honors. Flag-line will then be dismissed.

Burial will be at the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND at a later date.
RCIC: Tony Krogh / David Pagel



Completed Mission: JULY CEMETARY RIDE

The July Cemetary Ride was Saturday July 25th in the afternoon.  Staging took place at GWOT Memorial in Bismarck (at Fraine Barracks, north of the bank of ND) at 4:30 pm ct.



Completed Mission: 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

Completed Mission: Flag line mission in Grand Forks for the Ground Breaking/Kick off for the Capital fund Raising Campaign for the new Veterans Memorial Park.

What:Ground breaking for new Veterans Memorial Park
When:July 8th at 5:00 PM
Where:Grand Forks South 34th St and 24 Ave South.
The Veterans Memorial Park Board asked the NDPG to form a flag line before and during the event. The event started at 5:30.

Completed Mission: Spc. Charlie Tweeten, age 22, of the HHB 1-188th Air Defense Artillery of the North Dakota National Guard, services held July 1st, 2015 in Grafton .

We have unfortunately lost another young soldier. Spc. Charlie Tweeten, age 22, of the HHB 1-188th Air Defense Artillery of the North Dakota National Guard, passed away on Saturday, June 27th in Grafton. The ND Patriot Guard has been asked to be present for his services.
This was  a military funeral. The family had asked for a flag line at both the funeral home and also at the burial. 
When: Briefing at 9:00am. Viewing begins at 9:30am. Funeral at 11:30am, July 1st, 2015.  Charlie's father, Rock, and family have long been huge supporters of the North Dakota Patriot Guard.
Bruce Burgess, Ride Captain, North Dakota Patriot Guard

Completed Mission: The North Dakota Patriot Guard escorted Douglas Dunford from  Spirit of Life Church in Mandan to the Vet Cemetery on Friday June 26

The North Dakota Patriot Guard had been requested to escort Douglas Dunford from
Spirit of Life Church in Mandan to the Vet Cemetery on Friday June 26 at 1:20pm. Douglas was a Veteran of the Global War on Terror serving in Afghanistan in 2011/12.  His funeral was on Friday June 26th, 2015 we escorted from church to the Cemetery and stood a flag line during the short service at the Cemetery.
Craig Haug
South Central Ride Captain


Completed Mission Friday June 19th. SPC Thomas A Doyle

The NDPG stood 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 was laid to rest at the ND Veterans Cemetery June 19, 2015 at 11:00 am ct. We staged at NDVC at 10:30am and stood to honor SPC Thomas A Doyle.

Mission Completed 8th Annual Military Appreciation Road March 06-06-2015

The North Dakota Patriot Guard was invited to help out with the 8th annual Military Appreciation road march hosted by Sheila Richter on Saturday June 6th. We staged 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 stopped traffic for the walkers and st00d a Flag line at the Global War on Terror; we again stopped traffic as the walkers left the Global War on Terror. We then went to the resting points and waited for the walkers (Mandan McDonalds, the Post) before arriving at the ND Veterans Cemetery. We then waited for the walkers to arrive there.
I need to add that we then did the June monthly ride after the walk was over.

Mission Completed Korean POW/KIA SGT Arnold Andring 04/23-25/2015 April, Mahnomen, MN

"MISSION UPDATE": Korean POW/KIA SGT Arnold Andring, 3 part mission 23-25 April, 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 was 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 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.**


Completed Mission: Paul G Good Iron 04/1/2015

 Paul’s funeral is scheduled on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am CDT, at the Mandaree School, Mandaree, ND. We will provide a flag line at his funeral. James T. Avard served as Ride Captain for this flag line.Paul was interred at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery South of Mandan, ND on 1806.

Paul G Good Iron, father of Nathan Good Iron, passed away. Keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. 

His wife Harriet, requested the attendance of the North Dakota Patriot Guard at his funeral to honor him.  Final arrangements have not been made at this time and I will update everyone as I know more.

Paul was third generation military in his family.  His Grand Father was a Lakota Code Talker and his Father served in the U.S. Army in WWII as well.  Paul's son Nathan was Killed in Action in Afghanistan. 

Completed Mission - Specialist Tyler Orgaard 12/10-13/2014.
 
On Monday, Dec 10th, Specialist Orgaard returned to North Dakota at approximately 4:30pm.
He was met by Gold Star family members, NDPG members, members of the 2nd Brigade, and members of the NDANG.
The Honorable Transfer was conducted by the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team. SPC Orgaard was escorted to Parkway Funeral Home where he was met by NDPG members standing the flag line in his honor.
 
Wednesday evening, Dec 12th, members of the NDPG stood the flag line at Parkway Funeral Home.
General Spry presented the family with commendations that included the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. At the conclusion of the General's presentations the NDPG presented the family with a plaque, challenge coins, and a NDPG flag in honor, and recognition, of Spc Orgaard's ultimate sacrifice.
 
Thursday, Dec 13th, the NDPG gathered at The Church of Corpus Christie for services.
We stood the flag line at three entrances until services started. Tony and Arlen stayed behind to provide an escort to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery while the balance of the members went to the cemetery to have flag lines ready for the procession. A flag line was formed to provide an aisle way for the MFHT to transport SPC Orgaard to the place where final honors were given by Gen Spry, Gov Dalrymple, and others.
 
Thanks to all who came to honor, and show respect for, Specialist Tyler Orgaard and his family.
 
Quote by Senator Hoeven says it best for all of us:
 "When we lose a young man like Tyler Orgaard we are all a little less for it, and there`s just no way to put it into words. He`s an American patriot and hero, and we`ll honor and cherish his memory forever,"
Brad Volk
Ride Captain
 
Completed Mission 12/11/2012  SFC Darren Linde
Mission Report:
Sunday we had 7 NDPG members and 2 MPG members for the Dignified Transfer.
Today we had 24 Patriot Guard members to stand the flag line in Honor of SFC Darren Linde.  Members were from Montana and North Dakota.  It was around 20 degrees with a light breeze.  We filled the flag line at the funeral and also at the cemetery.  The funeral was held at the Sidney Event Center and was full of Darren's family, friends and North Dakota National Guard members.  Darren will be always be missed by many people.  It was also very obvious that Darren Linde will NEVER be forgotten!
To the family of SFC Darren Linde we offer our sincerest sympathies.
North Dakota Patriot Guard
"Standing By"
 
Completed Mission 12/6/2012  Daniel L. Olson
Mission Report:
Today 11 members of the North Dakota Patriot Guard, including three brave souls on bikes, Honored North Dakota Army National Guard Master Sergeant and Bismarck Fire Department Battalion Chief Daniel L. Olson at his funeral and at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. We joined Daniel’s fellow firefighters, North Dakota Army National Guard members, many friends and relatives and especially his wife Tanya, daughters’ Emilee and Aimee and son Kevin paying our respects for Daniel. Daniel fought the battle with P.T.S.D with courage and determination. Daniel will be missed yet never forgotten and respected by all who knew him. Rest easy Daniel, your battle is over.
With Respect James T. Avard
Assistant State Captain
North Dakota Patriot Guard
“Standing By”