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COMPLETED EVENTS & MISSIONS:

The NDPG has been asked to attend the Celebration of Life ceremony at the Scheels Arena for the Fallen Officer/ MN National Guard from Fargo Jake Wallin.

Where: Scheels Arena in Fargo, 5225 - 31 Ave, So, Fargo, ND

Briefing: 10:45 AM at the main entrance outside.

Flagline: 11:00 AM. Due to high temps I�m hoping will can do the Flagline on the inside of the main entrance. And looking into a Flagline somewhere inside around the arena when the ceremony starts.

Ceremony start time is 1:00PM.

Dismissal following the Ceremony.

Remember to bring your 3x5 Flags. Be self sufficient. This will be a rain or shine mission. Be prepared in case we need to be outside as it will be hot.

Parking will be at the Cashwise paring lot one block west of Scheels Arena. It is at the intersection of Veterans Blvd and 32nd Ave East, West Fargo 755 31 Ave East, W Fargo. If someone is caging that would be willing to settle people from parking to the arena, it would be helpful.

RCIC: Frank Herbert

 

Upcoming two part mission Balta ND and Mandan ND.

Thursday 4-20 2023 and Friday 4-21-2023

 

The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Vietnam Army Veteran Pvt E-1 Neil Mack.

 

Part one: Funeral on Thursday 4-20-2023 at Balta ND.

Where: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Catholic Church

301 Main St. Balta ND 58313.

Stage at the church at 9:45 am ct. We will stand a flagline until the service starts at 10:30 am ct.

Chuck Wood will be RCIC

 

Part two: Friday 4-21-2023

The burial will be at the NDVC south of Mandan ND at 2:00 pm ct. I am working with the funeral home for a possible staging point and motorcycle escort from Mandan to the NDVC. Please watch for updates to this post. Those caging meet at the NDVC at 1:45 pm ct.

Arlen Halverson RCIC

 

These are both rain or shine missions, so please bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5 flags.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Vietnam Navy Veteran Charles G Degenstein. Charles served from 1974-1978 and reached the rank of FTMS. This is a one part mission. Burial is at 2:00 pm ct, so stage no earlier than 1:45 pm ct south of the chapel at the NDVC. We do not want to interfere with any other service that may be going on. We will stand a flag line during the service.This is a rain or shine mission and remember your 3×5 flags.


Craig Haug will be the RCIC.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Heads up mission in Grand Forks, June 2nd.

Place: Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Briefing: 9:45 AM Main Entrance Outside Around the corner south. This briefing will HAVE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Flag Line 10:00 AM. This flag line may need to be mobile.

Bring your 3X5 Flag. Bring water, sunscreen, etc. Be self sufficient. I have been informed masks are not required. Be sure to park in the public parking. REA will be posting these areas. I hope to be able to park bikes in a small parking lot on the south side by the main entrance.

The NDPG has been requested by the Family of Police Officer for the City of GF/1st Lieutenant in the ND National Guard Cody Holte. Cody was tragically killed in the line of Duty. More info will be updated Monday. As of now the funeral is June 2nd at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Visitation from 10:00am-12:00 with the funeral at 1:00 pm. Social Distancing will be observed, the funeral home does recommend face masks.

Bruce Burgess, RCIC

Friday, June 5, 2020

We will be honoring Kenneth Faulkner who served his country for 26 years. He was a B52 tailgunner and aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam conflict. This will be a graveside service held at Highland Home Cemetery, just north of Jamestown, on US 281. He will be interred in the new part of the grounds which is just on the west side of the frontage road along the highway. Be ready to stand flagline at 2:30. The service is scheduled for 3 pm. Anyone from out of town who isn't familiar can lete know and, maybe, we can meet at Loaf-n-Jug, on the north end of Main and ride out together.

Right now, Friday looks to be cooler with temps in the upper 70s but be prepared with water, bug spray and sunblock, if needed.

Thank you, Monte Rodacker RCIC

The NDPG will be doing the May monthly ride/visit to the NDVC south of Mandan on Saturday May 23rd. We will stage at GWOT memorial at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck (north of the east end of Memorial bridge) at 10:30 am ct. We will leave for cemetery at 10:45 am ct. We will be doing something special also as we will help with the presentation of one or two Honor and Remember Flags. This is a rain or shine event. With the covid-19 going on, we will want to be aware of social distancing practices.

Arlen Halverson NDPG SC

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The ND PGR has been invited to honor the life and service of Conan Magilke

With the approval from Weigel funeral home and Veterans Cemetery, we are allowed to assemble and have flag lines at both places. We are also welcome to participate in the escort/procession either with motorcycle or vehicle.

It's all about respect and honoring our military families. Your presence is appreciated. If you are available to stand in a flag line, at either or both the Weigel funeral and Veterans cemetery, it would be greatly appreciated.

Weigel flag line starts assembling at 10:00 am for the 10:30 funeral services. As soon as the funeral services begin, the flag line is dismissed.

Veteran Cemetery flag line starts assembling at 11:45 am for the 12:00 services. As soon as the internment services begin the flag line is dismissed.

We will comply to COVID-19 social distance for all involved. If it appears there is a threat of social distancing, please break away.

Thank you,

Dave

Please refer to the Weigel’s Funeral Services web site:

https://www.weigelfuneral.com/obituary/Conan-Magilke

Monday, February 17, 2020

The introduction news conference for the Western North Dakota Honor Flight will be held at the Bismarck Airport at 1:00pm, Monday, February 17th. The NDPG is invited to attend this news conference. Bring your 3x5 flags to the upper level by the security gates. There will be signs directing us to the conference room.

This is the kick off for this new honor flight group serving Western North Dakota. I have the honor of serving on the board of directors for the WNDHF. We are planning our first flight later this year in October.

Please get the word out and RSVP me if you can attend.

Regards,

James T. Avard

RC NDPG

January 25, 2019

UPDATED DAY DUE TO COLD WEATHER.

Wreaths Across America wreath removal will begin at 10 am.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church; 106 Osage Ave, Bismarck (corner of N Washington St and Divide Ave; across from the YMCA). Burial is 3:00 pm at the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

EXECUTION: The ND Patriot Guard has been requested to join in honoring the life and service of John Putz. Flag lines will be held at the church and the Veteran Cemetery. Those that plan to participate in the flag line(s), please assemble 20 minutes prior to the services with flags.

Master Sergeant John Putz served 38 years with the ND Army National Guard with duties in Central America, Europe and deployment to Afghanistan.

RCIC: Dave Mills (426-0873) Please call or text me if participating in this mission. If you need a flag please let me know by Wednesday. Thank you in advance for your participation.

WEATHER: 24 degrees and cloudy.

We will stand a flag line in the church lobby if there is room and the veteran chapel if services are held inside.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mission: Flagline Tuesday, January 14th, Saint James Basilica, 622 1st Ave S, Jamestown, ND

Stage 8:45 AM at front of the church.

Flag line 9-10 AM

Stand down at 10 AM during service

Flag line at conclusion of service at approximately 11 AM

This a snow, wind, blizzard or shine mission, please monitor the weather and dress for the weather. Current temperature prediction is 0 to -10 plus windchill.

Dress warm for the weather, bring your 3x5 flag/poles

RCIC: George Quigley

DEIDRA'S OBITUARY

Deidra Brown passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. Visitation will be Monday, January 13 from 3 to 5 pm at Eddy’s Funeral Home in Jamestown, ND. That evening a prayer service and rosary will be held at 7 pm at the Basilica of St. James. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am on Tuesday, January 14 at the Basilica.

Deidra was born on October 14, 1956 to Robert and Jane (Coty) Steller in Vermillion, SD. Deidra honed her nurturing skills as a member of a big family. She was the oldest child, followed by three sisters and two brothers. She learned early to share, be kind and to listen to those around you.

Her family moved to Jamestown in 1975 and she enrolled at Jamestown College to pursue a teaching degree. She graduated in 1979 and landed her first teaching job of first grade at St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. It was the start of a career she loved and excelled at – helping develop young children with traditional learning and life skills. When she married Richard (Dick) Brown at the Basilica, her 37 students served as honorary ring bearers and flower girls. Her entire class followed her down the aisle as she wanted to share her happiness with each of them.

The Brown family were blessed with three children – Philip, Tara and Gregory. After Philip’s birth, Deidra gave up her teaching career and started a day care in their home in order to spend as much time as possible with her kids. She taught her day care kids school lessons, manners and did field trips around town. On Holy Days, she was known to take the children to Mass, where they would quietly sit in the pews. She was truly gifted with handling children. Many of those babies had babies of their own, and they often stopped by her home to visit and catch up.

Deidra gave up her day care after 30 years and officially became a volunteer. And boy did she volunteer! First, at the All Vets Club and more recently at Ava Maria Village, Eventide and Roseadele. In her spare time, you would find her at a daily workout at Legacy Fitness Center.

She served as extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for many years. She was devout and committed to her calling. Deidra loved the residents and gifted them with special treats and treasures. She gave away rosaries and crosses she made to all in the places she served. She was a prayer warrior.

Deidra was a Gold Star Mother who lost her first-born son, Philip, in 2004 while he served our country in Iraq. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Jane, her father-in-law, Jack Brown, her sister Deanna Schmidt, brother-in-law Michael Schmidt, nephew Jordan Schmidt and niece Alicia Stratford.

Her survivors include her husband of 40 years, Dick; her children Tara and Greg; her father Robert; sisters Donnette (Mark) Hermes and Denise Coty; brothers Blain (Laurie) and Brock (Holly); mother-in-law Mirt Brown; sisters-in-law Jacquie (Chris) Stratford, Jill (Richard) Newark and Barbara Brown; goddaughter Narrah Newark, godson Tyler Monson; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Deidra signed her emails with her favorite saying: "Nothing is worth more than this day." She lived her life fulfilling those words.

Memorial gifts will honor her service and commitment to Ava Marie Village, St. James Basilica and St. John’s Academy (FACE).

LOCATIONS: Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 806 E Broadway, Bismarck and burial at 1:00 p.m. at the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.


The ND PGR has been invited to honor the life and service of Sergeant Frederick Jaszkowiak. Due to the inclement weather, flag lines will be held inside the church and the NDVC chapel. Those that plan to participate in the flag line, please assemble 20 minutes prior to the services.


Frederick Jaszkowiak was drafted in to the US Army summer of 1969 and honorably discharged 1971. Frederick served with the 1st Armory Division in Germany.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

We have been invited to honor the life and service of SP4 Bradley Higbee on Saturday, Nov 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 499 4th Avenue NW, Valley City, ND. Bradley joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Bradley passed away in his home in Buffalo on October 23.

This will be a rain, snow or shine mission. Temperatures are expected to be 30's and low 40's. Please dress for the weather and prepare to be self sufficient. Remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

Mission: Flag-line

When: November 2, 2019

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 499 4th Ave NW, Valley City, ND

Staging: 2:30 P.M

Flag-line: 3:00 P.M. During Visitation

Stand-down: 4:00 P.M. at start of memorial service

RCIC: George Quigley

Monday, November 4, 2019

There has been a part 2 added to the mission for Bradley Higbee.

SP4 Bradley Higbee will be laid to rest at the NDVC south of Mandan, ND for Monday, November 4th. Stage at 9:45 AM CT at the Chapel at the Cemetery. We will stand a flag line at the chapel during the small service there.

Remember your 3X5 flags and whatever you need to be self-sufficient.

RCIC

John Bullinger

Sunday and Monday, October 20th and 21st, 2019

There will be an Honor Flight leaving Fargo Hector Airport on Sunday October 20 and returning Monday October 21 evening.

Mission: Flag-line, Sendoff Honor Flight

When: Sunday October 20

Staging: 6:00 A.M.

Flag-line: 6:16 A.M.

Stand-down: When all Honor Flight guests have entered secure area

Second Mission: Flag-line, Welcome Home Honor Flight

When: Monday October 21

Staging: 7:00 PM P.M.

Flag-line: When Honor Flight lands (Approximately 7:50 P.M.

Stand-down: After all Honor Flight guests have de-planed

This will be an indoor mission. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

We have been asked to park in long-term parking to leave short term for the guests.

Thank you.

Tony Krogh

NDPG Ride Captain

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We have been invited by the family to honor the life and service of U.S. Army veteran Timothy David Engh, Sr. on Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the National Cemetery near Fargo, North Dakota. Timothy served during the Vietnam war in Korea on the DMZ. He passed away on November 10, 2016 at the Fargo VA Hospital.

Mission: Flag-line

When: Tuesday October 15, 2019

Location: Fargo National Cemetery, 8709 40th Avenue North, County Road 20, Harwood, ND. (5 miles West of I-29 on County Road 20)

Staging: 1:30 P.M.

Flag-line: 2:00 P.M.

Stand-down: At conclusion of ceremony

This will be a rain, snow, or shine mission. Please dress appropriate for the weather and be self sufficient. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

RCIC: Frank Hebert

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Staging at 10:00 am

Flag line set 10:15 am

Funeral begins at 11:00

Military honors following service

Dismissal approximately 12:00 noon

Thank you in advance for your participation. Please bring your 3x5 flags and dress accordingly.

Mitchell Bernard Rapp, 70, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 surrounded by his family at the Fargo VA Hospital. Mitch was born on August 4, 1949 at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.

Mitch was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 and served in the Vietnam war for just under four years. He was a hard worker throughout his life, starting his career at a local Piggly Wiggly grocery store at the age of 16. His career flourished, which inspired him to own his own store in Enderlin, ND, called “Rapp’s Jack & Jill, Home of Rock-n-Roll Groceries.” Some of his greatest accomplishments outside of his five daughters were being the mayor of Enderlin, ND, fire chief, and founder of Papa Rapp’s Race Car museum. He married his wife, Cynthia Rapp (Wurzer), in 1988. Mitch had a passion for drag racing throughout his life and following his retirement from Nash Finch in 2013 he continued his love of cars by purchasing a 1968 Chevy Nova he named “Novacane.” He will be remembered by his culinary skills, handy work, and green thumb abilities. He was a sports enthusiast, lover of rock and roll, and enjoyed collecting cookie jars and restaurant menus from all over the world. For those who knew him best, his legacy will be known as a fun boss, proud father and grandfather, loving brother, and dependable husband.

He is preceded in death by his father Leland John Rapp, mother Bernice Elizabeth Noll (Korte), sister Geri Lynn Mortenson, and grandson Jonah Raider Lehfeldt.

Mitch is survived by his wife Cynthia of Fargo, ND; sister Kiara (Kevin) Schroeder of Moorhead, MN; daughters Autumn (Steve) Hareland of Horace, ND, Michelle (Jamie) Wadeson of Argusville, ND, Kelley (Trevor) Lehfeldt of Brandon, SD, Erica Rapp of Fargo, ND, Andrea Rapp of Apple Valley, MN; 12 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

RCIC Frank Hebert/Dave Pagel

Saturday, September 14, 2019

We will be doing the September monthly ride on Saturday, 9-14-2019. Stage at Cenex/Subway 4426 memorial hwy in Mandan, ND 58554 at 11:45 am. We will leave for NDVC south of Mandan at noon.

Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

Friday, September 13, 2019

The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Navy Vietnam Veteran petty officer second class Marvin Kraft on September 13, 2019.

Marvin Kraft

DOB: 2/26/1947

DOD: 2/7/2019

US Navy

Petty Officer Second Class

Marvin Kraft served in the US Navy from October, 1965 until his honorable discharge in September, 1971. He served in Fighter Squadron 41 and was deployed on the USS Independence. After the conclusion of his military service, Marv continued his public service as a volunteer for the Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue for over 20 years.

Stage at Dans Super Value at 1:20 pm ct. We will leave for NDVC south of Mandan at 1:40 pm ct.


Those caging meet out at NDVC at 1:45, we don't want to interrupt any other Services that may be going on there.


We will then stand a Flagline at the NDVC Chapel.


This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3x5 flags.


Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

Thursday, August 19, 2019

Upcoming mission at McLaughlin SD on Thursday 8-29-2019.

The NDPG and SDPGR have been asked to Honor the life of WWII and Korean Veteran Harry DeWall.

Stage at Redeemer Lutheran church

2nd St E & First Ave W

McLaughlin SD 57642 at 10:00 am mt. We will stand a Flagline until the service starts at 11:00 am mt. We will stand down during the service and will again stand a Flagline while his remains are placed in the hearse.

Harry was a Seaman Second Class in the Navy during WWII. Harry was tired of the water; since he could not swim, he joined the Army and was a Sergeant during the Korean War. This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5 flags.

Arlen Halverson

NDPG Asst State Captain

He will be laid to rest at Black Hills National cemetery Sturgis, SD on Friday 8-30-2019. SDPDR will be in charge of the burial mission.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and service of Veteran Thomas “Pat” O’Connor, 80, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his home in Grand Forks.

Pat enlisted in the United States Navy on January 31, 1957 at Butte, MT and served aboard the destroyer, USS Holder. He was honorably discharged from military service on June 2, 1960 at Norfolk, VA.

In October 1965, Pat transferred to the United States Department of State in Washington D.C. From December 1965 through 1967, Pat and his wife Lou were stationed in Calcutta, India. They began their next assignment in 1968 when they moved to Bangkok, Thailand. Pat was then stationed in Saigon, Vietnam from May 1969 to May 1970. His next assignment was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until July 1972. Their last assignment with the United States Department of State was in Washington D.C.

Mission 1. (This will be a two-part mission): Provide a flag line for the Memorial Service at the Norman Funeral Home, 2950 S. Washington, Grand Forks, ND. On Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Staging/brief: 5:30 pm at the funeral home, southside.

Flag-line: 5:40 pm-7:00 pm and at conclusion of Military Honors

Stand-down: During service

Dismissal: At conclusion of services and Honors

Mission 2: Provide a flag line at the internment of our Veteran on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Staging/brief: 9:30 am at the Calvary North Cemetery, Gateway Dr. and Columbia Rd., Grand Forks, ND. Enter on the southside on 10th Ave N.

Flag-line: 9:40 am.

Dismissal: At discretion of the RC (the service will be relatively brief).

This will be a rain or shine mission. Please plan to be self sufficient. Forecast is for warm weather so be prepared to remain hydrated. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

RCIC: Jeff Peterson

August 1st, 2019

Upcoming mission for a Vietnam Veteran and fellow PGR member. Burial will be in Mountain ND. The spouse of Alfred H. Brown has requested the NDPG to provide a flag line to Honor her husband who was a Vietnam Vet and a member of the Arizona chapter of the PGR. The flag line will be at the cemetery in Mountain, ND.

Alfred H. Brown passed away from agent orange exposure last Feb 24th. Alfred was a dog handler at Ton San Nhut AB from March 1972 until April 1973. His dog's name was Lindy. He had to make the decision to have his dog euthanized or turn him over to the Vietnamese. He decided he didn't want to give his dog to the Vietnamese, so he had him put down and lived with that until the day he died. Al loved that dog and a part of him died when he put Lindy to sleep.

He was also a proud member of the AZ chapter of the PGR and it meant a lot to him to ride on missions and give respect for all of his brothers in arms. Al made 25 missions in AZ.

The time will be 1:00 pm on Aug 1st. So I will post info at that time.

Thank you Alfred H. Brown for your service to this great country. Rest in Peace you are a true Hero.

Also a Thank you to Lindy, a four legged Hero. RIP Lindy

Bruce Burgess, RC

MISSION: Fargo July 19, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

We have been invited to join the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers on Friday, July 19th at the Fargo Elks Lodge, 3435 N. Broadway. Tribute to Fallen Soldiers will honor and remember SPC Michael Hermanson and his family Friday evening at 5:30 P.M. CDT.

We have been in contact with them and here's what we need to know. Since we were invited to join them, we follow their rules. Like Warren said this is about honoring the families of our fallen. You can fly the American flag and if flying multiple flags, you may also fly the POW/MIA flag or a branch of service flag. This is not about any certain group that decides to join them, it's about the Families.

We will stand a Flag-line during the service. This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5 flags. Out of respect for the families, please cover any patches that you may have that may be offensive to the families or their guests. They raise money for this year-round to cover costs and also sell shirts to raise money. Since this mission is in support of the mission of Tribute to Fallen Soldiers, please respect their wishes as to protocol and attire.

Mission: Flag-line in support of Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Date: Friday July 19, 2019. 4;30 P.M.

Location: Fargo Elks Lodge 3435 N. Broadway, Fargo, ND

Staging: No later than 4:30 P.M.

Flag-line: Approximately 5:00 P.M.

Ceremony: 5:30 P.M.

Stand-down: At the conclusion of the ceremony

RCIC: David Pagel Tony Krogh, NDPG

The Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride is scheduled to depart Eugene, Oregon on Sunday July 14th to begin its annual trek across the country to Washington D.C arriving into Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday August 4th. This is our annual ( 22 day - 4,000 mile ) cross country motorcycle ride in which we escort the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame from Eugene, Oregon to Arlington National Cemetery to honor and pay tribute to America's fallen service members. As our ride procession makes its way across the country, we make scheduled stops at the homes of our fallen soldiers. These scheduled stops are what we refer to as Fallen Soldier Home Visits. At each home visit we make, we present the surviving family members with our Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service to graciously say 'thank you' for the service members sacrifice and to remind each family their fallen hero hasn't been forgotten. This is our tenth year of doing this tribute ride and in that time, we have honored nearly 800 fallen service members. ( Post 9/11 )

Honor Mission: WW II Eugene Somers, Army, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Rural Fergus Falls, Stavanger Church. The Family of Eugene Somers has asked us to stand in Honor at his funeral. "Gene" was a WWII Army Veteran, and a member of the greatest generation @ 96 years old, and one of the few we have left. Please come and help his Family feel our love for our Veterans.

Staging: 11:15 Stavanger Church, 27113 Stavanger Church Rd, Fergus Falls, MN 1/4 mile gravel, just off of Co Hwy 1 NE of Fergus Falls.

Briefing: 11:30 am

Flagline: 11:35 am We will hold the line until the service starts then stand down. We will reestablish the line when the service is over.

Interment: Directly after the service. The cemetery is on site at the Church.

Dismissal: At the RCIC's discretion.

RCIC Dave Brimer

Remember to be self sufficient. Bring your own water, and anything else you need.

--

Dave Brimer

MN Patriot Guard

Alexandria Sector Ride Captain

218-731-6535

alexrc@mnpatriotguard.org

July 19th, 2019

We have been invited to join the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers on

Friday, July 19th at the GWOT Memorial in Bismarck. Tribute to Fallen Soldiers will be honoring and remembering the lives of SFC Darren Linde and SPC Tyler Orgaard and their Families. The group will proceed to Fargo where they will honor and remember SPC Michael Hermanson and his Family Friday evening at 5:30 pm ct at Elks 260 located at 3435 Broadway North.

I was in contact with them and here's what you need to

know since we were invited to join them we follow their rules. Like Warren said, this is about Honoring the Families of our fallen. You can fly the American flag and if flying multiple flags you may also fly the POW/MIA flag or a branch of service flag. This is not about any certain group that decides to join them it's about the Families. We are welcome to join them for breakfast at the Elks club 900 S Washington st. Bismarck ND from 6:30 am ct until 8:30 am ct. They raise money for this year round to cover costs and also sell shirts to raise money. The meal is free, but I did ask if they are set up to take donations and they will take donations. There will be a ride briefing at 9:00 am ct. Kick stands up at 9:30 am ct. We will be escorted by law enforcement to GWOT at Fraine barracks where we will stand a Flagline during the service.

They will depart for Fargo at 11:30 am ct and we are welcome to join them riding to Fargo also.

I will update any changes as they happen.

This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5 flags.

Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

July 5th, 2019

Public Mission Request

Anthony Smith, US Army

Family viewing prior to service.

Honor Guard and 21 gun salute at same location. Gathering afterwards at same location. He will be buried at a later date at the new Fargo National Cemetery.

Funeral Home/Church Name: Hanson Runsvold Funeral Home

Funeral Home/Church Address: 215 7th St S Fargo, ND.

July 5th, 2019

The Patriot Guard has been invited to honor the life and service of veteran Anthony Douglas Smith on Friday July 5th, 2019 at the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, 215 7th Street South, Fargo, ND. Anthony served with the Minnesota Army National Guard and passed away at his home on June 28. Please join as we honor Anthony and his family during this time of loss. Burial will take place at a later date at the new Fargo National Cemetery.

Staging: 12:30 PM

Location: Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, 215 7th St So, Fargo

Flag-line: 12:45 PM

Stand-down: 1:00 PM during service

Flag-line: At conclusion of service during Military Honors

Dismissal: At conclusion of services and Honors

This will be a rain or shine mission. Please plan to be self-sufficient. Forecast is for warm weather so be prepared to remain hydrated. Please remember your 3X5 flags and poles.

RCIC: Frank Hebert

June 27, 2019

Event Name:

Flag Dedication/Honor Vets & Service Members

Event Location:

Bismarck, North Dakota

Details:

We'd like to formally invite the PGR to join us for our flag dedication ceremony. Our focus is also to honor all veterans, service members, and First Responders. The ceremony starts at noon this Thursday(6/27) at Professional Insurance Services/Steffes Agency. We're located at 1155 Burlington Drive in Bismarck(just across the street from Sam's Club.

This is a great opportunity to show our support for these brave soldiers who are about to leave the safety and sanctity of home and family and head off to parts unknown. I would believe our presence there will make a difference to them.

Staging: Canteen-across from the main gate of Camp Ripley

Time: 10:15AM

Briefing: 10:30AM

Enter Camp as a group: 10:45AM

Set Flag-line outside to do welcome: 11:30AM

Move flag-line inside for ceremony: 11:55AM

Dismiss after ceremony

This is a rain or shine mission so please be prepared for any contingency. Please watch the calendar for changes or updates.

This mission is in Camp Ripley so you will need photo ID| and bikers will need long sleeve shirts, over the ankle boots, gloves, brain bucket and high visibility wear.

Posted by Jim Parent Brainerd ARC

June 14, 2019

Escort mission Bismarck/Mandan ND Friday June 14, 2019. The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Vietnam Army Veteran Richard T. Fink. We will stage at Parkway funeral home (2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck ND 58503) at 2:00 pm ct and leave for ND Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan at 2:15 pm ct. We will then stand a Flagline at the NDVC during the short service there. For those caging meet out at the NDVC no earlier than 2:45 pm ct because we do not want to interrupt any other Services that are going on.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, RC

June 14, 2019

There is a dedication of a flag pole in honor of our military. The location is in front of the Soup Café at 23rd St and Thayer Ave in Bismarck, ND. The dedication is scheduled for 9:00am. Staging will be at the south side of Thayer between 21 and 22 at 8:30am. I will serve as RC for this mission and request an RSVP if you will be attending. The Soup Café serves the Bismarck/Mandan community with meals and other services at no cost. Many of their customers are Veterans on limited resources.

Jim Avard, RC

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Army Veteran Lowel Johnson.

This is an escort mission to the NDVC south of Mandan.

Stage at Bismarck funeral home: 3723 Lockport St, Bismarck ND 58503 at 2:00 pm ct. We will leave for NDVC south of Mandan at 2:15 pm ct. The burial time is 3:00 pm ct. If you are caging, please meet out at the NDVC no earlier than 2:45, we do not want to interrupt any other service that may be going on there. Remember your 3X5 flags as we will stand a flagline at the chapel.

John Bullinger is RCIC

Friday, May 3, 2019

The NDPG has been asked to honor the life of Donna Halverson. She will be laid to rest with her husband Ernie Halverson, Korean Veteran, at the NDVC south of Mandan. There was already a service for Donna in Denver when she passed away a few months ago. We will escort her ashes out to the NDVC and stand a flagline for a short time.

Stage at Cenex gas station 4426 Memorial HWY, Mandan ND at 12:00 pm ct.

Leave for the cemetery around 12:20.

For those caging, meet out at the NDVC at 12:45.

Please be careful not to interrupt any other services that may be going on. This is a rain or shine mission, so bring what you need to be self-sufficient and remember your 3X5 flags.

Arlen Halverson

NDPG RC

April 27, 2019

The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Bradley Shell on Saturday 4-27-2019 at McIntosh SD. Sorry I do not have all the info on this but have known Brad since we were kids and find it harder to ask the Family all the questions that we normally ask. Bradley served in the Airforce after graduating in 1985. After his service he then served as the local sheriff, deputy sheriff and fire chief. The service is at the McIntosh school gym on main street at 11:00 am MT (please note the mountain time zone). So meet at the east side of the school at 10:00 am MT. We will stand a flagline prior to the service. This is a one part mission as he will be laid to rest on a later date. I will post updates as needed. This is a rain or shine mission so bring what you need to be self-sufficient.

Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

March 27, 2019

NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of

Owen E. O'Neill, US Navy

Sept 1942- Dec 1945

EM1C (Electricians Mate First Class).

Stage at St. Joseph's Catholic church (108 3rd St NE Mandan, ND 58554) at 12:30 pm ct. We will stand a Flagline until the service starts.

Burial is at NDVC south of Mandan at 3:00 pm ct. The weather sounds like we should be able to do a motorcycle escort to the cemetery.

Stage at the church at 2:15 pm ct. If caging, meet out at the NDVC at 2:45 pm ct. We don't want to interrupt any other services at the NDVC.

Remember your 3X5 flags and bring what you need to be self-sufficient.

Owen served on 7 war patrols aboard the USS Pompon SS267 (submarine service) in the Pacific Theater.

He was also aboard the USS Proteus AS 19 in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japanese Forces.

Arlen Halverson NDPG RC

January 28, 2019

Funeral mission in Jamestown ND Monday January 28, 2019. The NDPG has been asked to Honor the life of Corporal Marvin "Bubbles" Lorig. Stage at Good Shepherd Chapel Ave Maria Village 501 19th St NE Jamestown ND at 1:15 pm ct. We will stand a Flagline inside and stand down when the service starts at 2:00 pm ct. The burial will be later this spring.

George Quigley

January 19, 2019

Weather permitting, we will carefully pick up the wreaths from the cemetery on this day. The public is welcome to help us! If there is inclement weather, we'll let you know on Facebook.

Hope to see you there. We will also be doing the January monthly ride on Saturday after the wreaths are picked up. Approximately 11:00 am ct.

Arlen Halverson

January 10, 2019

The family of LCpl Riley Kuznia has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to honor the life and service of LCpl Kuznia. Riley was tragically killed in the line of duty on January 1, 2019 at the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C., serving the country he loved. Riley felt that he needed to give back to his country but also challenge his mind, body and soul, which ultimately lead him to become a United States Marine.

LCpl Kuznia will arrive in Fargo, ND at Hector International Airport on Thursday 1/10/19 at approximately 10:00 PM on Delta flight 2144. A dignified transfer will take place after which time Riley will transported to Karlstad, MN.

On Saturday 1/12/19 visitation will take place followed by a funeral service at the Tri-County High School, 303 Pembina Trail, Karlstad, MN.

HONOR MISSION: ACTIVE DUTY U.S. MARINE LCPL RILEY KUZNIA

Mission Stage 1: Flag-line

Date: Thursday 1/10/19

Location: Hector International Airport, FaRGO, ND

Staging: 9:00 PM Lower level terminal

Flag-line: 9:45 PM (at direction of airport security)

Stand-down: At conclusion of transfer (after family departs)

RCIC: Tony Krogh / Frank Hebert

Mission Stage 2: Flag-line

Date: Saturday 1/12/19

Location: Tri-County High School, 303 Pembina Trail, Karlstad, MN

Staging: 12:20 PM at Tri-County High School

Flag-line: 12:50 PM

Stand-down: 2:00 PM at start of service

Flag-line: at conclusion of service

Flag-line: at cemetery

Stand-down: at discretion of RCIC

RCIC: Jim Cyr, (218) 289-0543

These will be rain (snow) or shine missions. Please remember you 3X5 flags and poles. Prepare to be self sufficient regarding hydration and dress. Forecast is expected to be near zero with light winds on Thursday night and in the teens with light wind on Saturday. This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support and respect for LCpl Kuznia's family.

Tony Krogh

NDPG Ride Captain

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

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.