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N.D. National Guard: Bill Prokopyk 701-220-7277
N.D. Veterans Cemetery: Pam Helbling-Schafer 701-667-1418

North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to Observe 30th Anniversary

MANDAN, N.D. — The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will host a ceremony in observance of its 30th anniversary on Aug. 31, 2022. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 6.5 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806. The public and media are invited.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs due to limited seating. Handicap-marked vehicles are encouraged to arrive before 12:15 p.m. Drivers should ensure handicap credentials and decals are readily visible to parking attendants.

Scheduled to render remarks are Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Kevin Cramer, the Honorable Matthew T. Quinn, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general. The keynote speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Alexander P. Macdonald, who was the adjutant general when the cemetery was dedicated. The master of ceremonies will be Lt. Col. Shirley J. Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian, who also presided over the dedication ceremony on Aug. 30, 1992.

The North Dakota Army National Guard’s Fargo-based 188th Army Band’s “Brass Quintet” will perform the national anthem and “Hero” by Charles Mekealian”.

The ceremony will be recorded and available on the North Dakota National Guard website.

The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery was established by an act of the 1989 North Dakota Legislative Assembly. The cemetery was opened in July 1992 and is operated by the Office of the North Dakota adjutant general.

WHAT: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery 30th Anniversary Observance
WHEN: 1:00 p.m., Aug. 31, 2022
WHERE: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 6.5 miles south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 1806
MEDIA: No pre-coordination required. Prokopyk will be on site 701-220-7277

The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen- Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.


Additional resources:
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery – 30th Anniversary program (pdf)
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery – 30th Anniversary Flyer

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