We came together at a local hotel in Bismarck on Friday. We had a dinner and meet and greet followed by a touching ceremony of placing memory globes on a tree for each of the fallen.
On Saturday the day there was a program with Adjutant General Major General Alan Dohrman, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Connie Sprynczynatyk, and Major General (ret) Mark and Carol Graham. The Grahams lost two sons within months of each other. One to suicide and one in combat. They had a very moving story of love, loss, and finding purpose through struggles.
Later on, we all borded busses and rode up to the Circle C ranch. The Ranch is used for many faith centered events.
On Sunday we had breakfast and a reverse roll call to pull back the globes to the families. Then out to the ND National Guard's Fraine Barracks.
There, we had our annual GWOT (Global War n Terrorism) remembrance ceremony and we added the names of two servicemen who died. One on the USS Cole and one at the Fort Hood shooting.
As always, the wonderful people of the North Dakota Patriot Guard were there to cover, escort, and love us.
Thanks to Gen. and Connie Sprynczynatyk, Major Gen. Dohrman, Major Gen. and Carol Graham, NDNG Foundation, Sara Blazek, LTC Davina French, and the Patriot Guard Riders.
|The GWOT memorial|