"Standing By" - Company Message
COMPLETED EVENTS AND MISSIONS:

December 15, 2018
The Wreaths Across America event will take place on Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 at the ND Veterans Cemetery.

The Patriot Guard will be standing a flagline at the chapel an hour prior (10:00 am ct) and during the short program before the wreaths are placed. Remember your 3X5 flags and what you need to be self-sufficient. This will be outside so dress accordingly. Also if you are unable to stand for this long you can take breaks as needed.

Also will be doing our monthly visit after the wreaths are placed. Meet at the flag poles right afterwards.

December 8 and 12, 2018
Each year American Airlines and the Gary Sinise Foundation partner to support the families of our military fallen. This year American Airlines will pick up family members at Fargo Hector International Airport on Saturday December 8th and whisk them away to meet other families to journey to Florida. They will return on Wednesday December 12th. The Patriot Guard would like to honor these family members with a flag-line at their departure and return.

December 6, 2018
We have been requested to the funeral of  Kevin Beaver, who was a US Marine.  His hometown was Binford, ND and his funeral will be on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 607 Whinery St NE beginning at 11:00am. Stage at the church by 10:00am to honor this veteran.

 September 22, 2018
The ND Patriot Guard is requested to support celebrating the life of Grand Forks resident of SFC Jim Thiery.  Funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00am at Sharon Lutheran Church, 1720 S. 20th St. Grand Forks, ND 58201 with the interment after lunch.  Internment will be at
Memorial Park North Cemetery, 1003 Nth 23rd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201

October 25, 2018
The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Joseph (Chuck) Swiftbird
Chuck served in the Navy in 1971 with rank of SAE2 and then went into the Army where he served until 1974 with rank of PVE2. We will stand a Flagline out side the chapel. Those caging meet us at the NDVC no earlier than 12:50 pm ct (we do not want to interrupt any other service).
This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient. 

October 22, 2018
Honor Flight Flag Line request for Bismarck. Our vets will start showing up at 6:30am on Monday, October 22 at the Bismarck airport, we depart at 8:00am. Return is on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30pm to Bismarck airport.
We need to have color guards to guide people in the right direction when the veterans board the plane deplane. We will go onto the tarmac for the departure.
I will serve as RC for this Mission, please RSVP if you are going to attend this mission by replying to this post.
James Avard

September 22, 2018
The ND Patriot Guard is requested to support celebrating the life of Grand Forks resident of SFC Jim Thiery.  Funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00am at Sharon Lutheran Church, 1720 S. 20th St. Grand Forks, ND 58201 with the interment after lunch.  Internment will be at Memorial Park North Cemetery, 1003 Nth 23rd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201

September 14, 2018
Our services have been requested for escort from DaWise-Perry Funeral Home in Mandan to the ND Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan for an Army veteran, Carl Hohenstein.  He served in the Army from 1946-48. 
 
Staging tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm at DaWise-Perry Funeral Home parking lot on the Strip in Mandan, the address is 4614 Memorial Highway.  

His burial is scheduled for 2:00pm. This request is for escort from the funeral home to the cemetery only with a brief flagline as his remains are carried from the hearse to the chapel at the cemetery. The temperatures should be mid to upper 60's with a light wind, should be a nice ride!  If you have a flag mount on your bike, this is a great time to use it!

August 31, 2018
The North Dakota Patriot Guard has been asked to Honor the life of Korean War Navy Veteran Joseph Heinzman. 
Stage at the Spirit of Life church parking lot (801 1st St. SE Mandan ND)
 at 2:30 pm ct. For those riding motorcycle we will escort from Mandan to the NDVC south of Mandan on 1806. Those caging meet us at the cemetery. Please do not get there before 2:45 we do not want to interrupt any other services. We will stand a Flagline at the cemetery. Remember your 3X5 flags. 
This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

August 10, 2018
The NDPG has been asked to help the NDNG Survivor Outreach Services with their "We will Never Forget" retreat. 
We will meet and greet the Families as they arrive from 3:00 to 6:00 pm ct at the Ramada Bismarck hotel (1400 E. Interchange Ave Bismarck ND). Also as done last year if anyone wants to bring their motorcycles with flags on them we can park a few of them by the main entrance on the north side.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

August 2, 2018
The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and service of U.S. Army veteran John F. Johnson, Jr. John passed away on Wednesday July 25. He joined the Army in 1972 and served as an air traffic controller with the 8th Infantry Division Pathfinders from 1973 - 1975. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave SE, Jamestown, ND. 

Staging:              523 - 4th Ave SE, Jamestown    12:45 PM
Flag-line:            1:00 PM
Stand down:      2:00 PM when service begins
Dismissal:          At direction of RCIC
RCIC:                Vern Blerke
Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles. Plan to be self sufficient according to the weather.
Tony Krogh
NDPG  State Captain

July 20, 2018
The Patriot Guard has been invited by the family of USMC Marvin C. "Bud" Hein to join in honoring the life and service of Bud on Friday July 20 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Thomas City Cemetery. Bud joined the United States Marine Corps and served during WWII. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal Bud passed away on July 2, 2018 at the age of 91. His ashes will be interred in the St. Thomas City Cemetery. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Betty Hein. Betty's ashes will also be interred on July 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Thomas Cemetery also.

Mission:   St. Thomas City Cemetery, St. Thomas, ND
Staging:    9:30 A.M. at cemetery
Flag-line:  10:00 A.M. for the family service for Betty Hein followed by service for USMC Marvin C. "Bud" HeinDismissed:                              At conclusion of service and military honors 
RCIC:   Tony Krogh, (701) 799-0978                                              

July 19, 2018 
The NDPG and SDPGR have been asked to Honor the life of WWII Veteran Robert Tomac.  Robert served in the Navy 1945-1947
Stage: The Catholic Church in Watauga SD   (11 miles west of McIntosh on highway 12) at 9:00 am mt. We will stand a Flagline until the service starts and then stand down. After the service Robert's remains will be carried to the cemetery at the east edge of town. So we will idle out and park by the gate and be standing a Flagline at the cemetery when they get there. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

July 6, 2018
This is a two part mission. 
The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of SPC-4, E-4 Alexander L. Hager.
 Alexander served in the Army 1973-1976.
1: Funeral is at 11:00 am ct at Parkway funeral home in Bismarck ND (2330 Tyler Parkway). 
We will stage at Parkway funeral home at 10:00 am ct and stand a Flagline until the service starts. 
2: The burial is at the NDVC south of Mandan  at 2:00 pm ct. So we will stage back at the funeral home at 1:00 pm ct. We will do an escort to the NDVC. Those caging meet us at the chapel at the NDVC no earlier than 1:45 pm ct (we do not want to interrupt any other services). Also we will be on the interstate for a few miles. It's a 60 mph zone but we should be safe running 45 to 50. 
This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient. 
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

June 30, 2018
The NDPG has been asked to honor the life of WWII Vet Charles G Hoenke of Grafton ND.

Charles G Hoenke, age 92 of Grafton,ND died Tuesday June 26th,2018 at the Altru Hospital of Grand Forks ND. Charles G Hoenke was born January 23, 1926 in Grafton,ND. The son of the late Alfred and Louise (Horn) Hoenke. He attended rural school near Grafton and graduated from Grafton High Schools. Following his education he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Sixth Marine Division. Their Division received the Presidential Unit Citation for the Battle on Okinawa which lasted 82 days. Following his discharge in 1946 he returned home and started farming with his father. Charles was united in marriage to Ardella Holt on September 23,1948 at South Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on the farm near Grafton. Charles also worked as a mechanic at International Harvester dealership, Grafton Auto Electric and later Norris Sando. He retired from farming in 1986 and then helped area farmers for several years.

Funeral Service at the Zion Lutheran Church In Grafton ND. 1100 Hill Ave.
Briefing at 9:15 am.
Flag Line at 9:30am. Until start of service at 11:00 am.
Flag line again at the end of the service about 1 hour.

Dismissal after service, possible flag line at Interment which will be at South Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Grafton. Military rites will be provided by the Grafton American Legion Post and the US Marine Corps Funeral Honors.

Remember to bring your 3x5 flags. Be self sufficient. Temps in the 80's so dress accordingly. 

RCIC: Bruce Burgess: (I'm hoping to be able to make. But will have to cage it.)

June 29, 2018
The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of SGT Walter R. Buck WWII and Korean war veteran. Walter served in the Army and was 100 years old when he was called home. This is a two part mission;
    1: Funeral is at 11:00 am ct Friday 6-29-2018 at the Weigel funeral home (309 4th Ave NW Mandan ND). Stage at 10:00 am ct at the funeral home and stand aFlagline until the service starts. 
    2: Burial is at 2:00 pm ct at the NDVC south of Mandan on ND1806. Those riding motorcycles line up for the escort by 1:15 pm ct. Those caging meet at the NDVC chapel no earlier than 1:45 pm ct we do not want to interupt any other services. We will stand a Flagline there also.
This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and don't forget your 3X5 flags.

Arlen Halverson NDPG RC


May 20-21, 2018
Our next Honor Flight will be leaving Fargo Hector Airport on Sunday morning bound for Washington, DC. Approximately 80 veterans will travel to Washington for a whirlwind trip during which they will visit numerous memorials. The Patriot Guard will present a flag-line in their honor as they prepared to leave on Sunday and also to welcome them home on Monday. Please join us as we support our veterans.

Sunday May 20 Mission
Staging:          5:30 A.M. Upper level Fargo Hector Airport Terminal
Flag-line:        6:00  A.M.
Stand-down:  After all Honor Flight participants have cleared security

Monday May 21 Welcome Home Mission
Details will follow as available. Typically staging is between 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
These will both be inside missions. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles. 

May 14, 2018
The North Dakota Patriot Guard has been requested by the family to honor the life and service of U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran Duane Nelson. Duane entered the U.S. Navy in 1954 and served until 1962. Then he served in the U.S.Naval Reserves (Seabees) from 1972 until 1980.  He joined the U.S. Army Reserve full-time in 1980 and retired in 1990.

Location:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 106 Osage Avenue, Bismarck, ND

Staging: 9:00 AM Monday, May 14, 2018, at the church
Flagline: 9:30 AM at the church, standing down during the service, then reforming when he is brought out to the hearse.
Escort:  Leaving the church at 12:15 PM to the N.D. Veteran's Cemetery for burial at 1:00 PM

RCIC: Norm Westbrook.

May 3, 2018
The North Dakota Patriot Guard has been requested by the family of veteran Glenn DeVold. Glenn passed away on April 27 in Altru Hospital. A memorial service will be held at Norman Funeral Home Chapel, 2950 So. Washington, Grand Forks. Interment will be at the Columbarium of Memorial Park North Cemetery, 1003 N 23rd St, Grand Forks. Military Honors will be accorded by the North Dakota National Guard and American Legion Post 157

Staging:    9:00 A.M. at Funeral Home
Visitation;  9:30 A.M.
Funeral:  10:30 A.M.
Flag-Line: 9:30 A.M.
Stand Down:  10:30 A.M.

This will be rain or shine mission. Please plan to be self sufficient. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

Tony Krogh
NDPG State Captain

April 15, 2018
The North Dakota Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life of veteran Arvid Terry of Grandin North Dakota. Arvid is the father of former Ride Captain and great friend Teresa Terry. Here are the mission details as follows.
 
Sunday April 15 - Visitation
Location: West Funeral Home, 321 Sheyenne St, West Fargo, ND
Flag-line: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
Monday April 16- Funeral
Location:  West Funeral Home, 321 Sheyenne St, West Fargo, ND
Staging 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 
Flag-line: 1:00 p.m.
Stand Down: When service starts at 2:00 p.m.
Flag-line: At conclusion of service
Dismissal: At direction of RC 
 

February 17, 2018
The ND Patriot Guard has been invited to help send off the 191st Military Police Company as they prepare to depart for Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  The event will take place at Raymond J. Bohn Armory, 4200 Miriam Avenue, East of the Oasis Truck Stop at 2:00 p.m.  

Who: 191st Military Police (FWD)
What: Deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel
Where: Raymond J. Bohn Armory Gymnasium, 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck, Ceremony starts at 1400, 2:00 for the non-military.
Staging will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Armory gymnasium, entrance on the South West corner of the building.

James T. Avard

January 20, 2018
We will do the January monthly visit to the NDVC south of Mandan right after the wreaths are picked up. Meet at Flag poles. Could be as early as 11:00am if we have a good turn out for the clean up.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

January 5, 2018
The North Dakota Army National Guard has requested the North Dakota Patriot Guard’s presence at the Welcome Home Ceremony for the 136th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion. The 136th recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan originally stationed in Devils Lake and was relocated to Bismarck.

Date:  Friday, January 5, 2018
Stage: 6:00pm for a flag line, Flag Line set inside at 6:30pm sharp. 
Where: RJB Armory, 4200 Miriam Avenue, Bismarck,  ND, in the Gymnasium.
James T. Avard, 214-2996

December 16, 2017
Wreaths Across America - The ceremony begins at 11:00 CT at the ND Veteran's Cemetery.  Each year the ND Patriot Guard sponsors a wreath for every fallen member since 9-11-2001.  We will see you there and decorate the cemetery for the Christmas season!

The North Dakota Patriot Guard will stand a Flagline before and during the WAA ceremony on Saturday 12-16-17. Meet at the chapel at 10:00 am ct. Remember your flag and what ever you need to be self sufficient. We will also do the December monthly visit to the NDVC immediately after the placing of the wreaths.
Arlen Halverson NDPG RC 

December 9, 2017
The Patriot Guard has been invited to present a flag-line on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 6:50 AM, when three youth of our Gold Star families will return to Fargo Hector airport on the Snowball Express on Wednesday. December 13 at 1:52PM.

Since 2006, the mission of Snowball Express has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Providing hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. In December each year we bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more.

The Snowball Express organization teams with American Airlines to sponsor events and opportunities for the family members of our fallen heroes to come together for fellowship, healing, and encouragement. The Patriot Guard is honored to be able to have a small part in reminding our families that they are not forgotten.
 
Return:
Staging: Wednesday December 13 at 1:00 PM
Flag-line: for the arrival of our kids

Tony Krogh
State Captain NDPG

November 16, 2017
The NDPG has been asked to present a flag line for a funeral honoring the life of Korean War veteran Coral (Benny) Bardell, Monango, ND.  His funeral will be at 2:00pm at William Funeral Home 302 Main Street, Edgeley, ND.  Stage time will be a 1pm at the funeral home.

Ride Captain will be George Quigley

November 5, 2017
We are entering that season where we pause to be thankful for all that we have been given - Thanksgiving. How timely in that we also have the opportunity to thank and honor members of the greatest generation. Sunday November 5th our heroes will depart Fargo Hector Airport for an unforgettable trip to Washington DC. They will return on Monday evening with a new spring in their steps. Please join us as we honor them with a flag-line as they depart. 
 
Staging - upper level Hector Terminal on Sunday 5:30 am
 
Flag-line - until all travelers are through the gates
 
Monday Staging - upper level Hector Terminal
                6:30 pm (tentative)
 Remember your 3X5 flags and poles.
 
October 13-14, 2017
The NDPG has been invited to provide flag lines & escorts for the 164th Infantry Regiment reunion of their 75th anniversary of landing at Guadalcanal on October 13-14, 2017.  We will establish a flag line at the Bismarck Airport to greet the heroes at their FINAL recognition event for the 164th Infantry Regiment.  

Some members will arrive on Thursday afternoon/evening (12th) and others will arrive on Friday (13th).  As flight times are confirmed members will be notified. Escort times/location still being determined.

If you have not had the chance to be present for this event before you are surely missing a piece of history and witnessing the pride and respect of our WWII veterans.

Gerard Schwan
Ride Captain

Oct 7, 2017
The NDPG is conducting a coining ceremony on Saturday 2:00 PM CT / 1pm MT at the Good Shepherd Home 
709 4th Ave NE, Watford City ND
Will post a plan if it's riding weather if anyone wants to ride as a group.

Tom Bakken NDPG RC

October 7, 2017
The ND Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life of Kenneth O'Neill on Saturday, October 7th at 10 am CST. Kenneth served in World War II. He was in the Navy as a fire control officer on a destroyer in the South Pacific. He also worked as a mail carrier for over 30 years and had a farm near Fort Rice.
We will stand a flag line at St. Joseph's Church in Mandan (108 3rd St NE). Staging time will be at 8:30 at the church. Remember your flags and be self-sufficient.

Susan Westbrook, RC

September 15-17, 2017
The NDPG has been invited to participate with the military families affected by the Global War on Terrorism for their remembrance weekend.  More information will be posted as it gets finalized.  What we have so far:

Friday- Stage at the Doublewood Ramada Inn with bikes/flags by 3:00pm.  Bikes will be staged at the front entrance to the hotel and a flagline will not be necessary.  Members will be able to mingle with the families as they arrive for the weekend in one of the banquet rooms inside until the program begins at 5pm.

Saturday- Escort the families/buses from the Doublewood Ramada to Ft. Lincoln, south of Mandan.  Stage at the hotel by 4:15pm.  Depart by 4:45pm. Upon arrival at Ft. Lincoln, members will be dismissed.

Sunday- Stage at the Doublewood Ramada Inn by 8:15am and escort the families/buses to the Keelboat Landing / Riverboat at 8:30am for their closing ceremonies.  Members will be dismissed upon arrival at the Riverboat and families embark.

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
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 2016 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!