Gov. Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple today attended a Veterans Day ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. During his remarks, Gov. Dalrymple honored the generations of patriots who have served and sacrificed on behalf of this great country. The Governor and First Lady were joined by veterans, leaders and members of the state's veterans organizations and auxiliaries, members of the North Dakota National Guard and other branches of the U.S. military, honor guards and the Patriot Guard.
"Our veterans have sacrificed so much in the name of peace and freedom, and have made this nation what it is today," Dalrymple said. "Whatever they were called on to do, they did so with courage and resolve. They took a stand against tyranny, persecution and injustice, and ensured that equality and independence would prevail for all. Whether in times of war or in times of peace, our veterans have been there, proudly carrying the torch of liberty for us all. That is why we honor them today and every day."
In honoring North Dakota's veterans and service members, Gov. Dalrymple referenced the recent christening of the USS North Dakota and the state's pride in being the namesake of the mighty submarine. He also highlighted the recent return of the North Dakota National Guard's Detachment 42 Operational Support Airlift. The unit's soldiers returned to North Dakota Sunday following a nearly yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. The Governor spoke about the "great sacrifices made by these soldiers and their families."
Gov. Dalrymple encouraged North Dakotans to observe Veterans Day by honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and those currently serving through ceremonies and patriotic activities, and by displaying the American and North Dakota flags.
At 4 p.m. today, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley will attend a flag raising ceremony for the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial at Roosevelt Park in Minot. The former memorial was damaged as a result of the 2011 flood and has since been restored. Today marks the official re-opening of the memorial.