Annual Memorial Day Ceremony To Be Held At ND Veterans Cemetery
Large crowds are expected for the 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, located 6 1/2 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806 on Monday, May 30th at 12 noon (Central Time).
This annual event is hosted by the North Dakota National Guard and will honor all deceased American servicemen and women. According to a press release from the North Dakota National Guard, this tradition began back in 1993.
If you are unable to attend the ceremony it will be live-streamed at ndguard.nd.gov and it will also be aired on Dakota Media Access Channels 2 and 602 (HD).
The ceremony will begin with a flyover performed by two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at approximately 12:03 pm. Lawn chairs are encouraged due to limited seating. If you are planning on dropping off flowers for Memorial Day grave decorations, you are asked to leave the facility by 10 am.
Several of North Dakota's highest-ranking officials are expected to speak including Governor Doug Burgum, Senator John Hoeven, Senator Kevin Cramer, Representative Kelly Armstrong, Major General Al Dohrman, and the emcee is Captain Laura Kleihauer from the National Guard.
The North Dakota Army National Guard’s Fargo-based 188th Army Band’s “Brass Quintet” will perform “How Great Thou Art” as well as pre-ceremony music. Also participating in the ceremony are local Veterans and civic organizations. The National Anthem will be performed by Alice Delzer, AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain, and Taps by Eric Bender.
There will also be an honorary motorcycle run held by the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club. It will begin at 131 Airport Road in Bismarck and end at ND Veterans Cemetary. Participants will leave Bismarck at 11 am. All motorcyclists and passengers are invited to participate. You are asked to arrive between 10 am and 10:45 am.
Free bus transportation will be available to the public as well:
Bismarck: Bank of North Dakota parking lot, 1200 Memorial Highway.
A 45-passenger bus was donated by Harlow’s Bus Service.
The bus will arrive at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10:15 am.
Mandan: Dan’s Supermarket parking lot, 500 Burlington Street, SE.
Two 30-passenger buses, donated by Nightlife Limousine.
Buses will arrive at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10:15 am