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Bismarck’s Veterans Organizations
will hold Veterans Day Observances on

Saturday, November 11th at 9:45 a.m.

at the Heritage Center, Russell Reid Auditorium
The Bismarck Veterans Service
organizations will hold their annual
Veterans Day observance on Saturday,
November 11th at 9:45 AM at the North
Dakota Heritage Center, Russell Reid
Auditorium. The Master of Ceremonies
will be Bismarck Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1326 Commander Ted Heggestad.
Commander Heggestad is an Air Force
veteran with deployments to Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Desert Storm. VFW Post
1326 Chaplain Dale Nabben will serve as
the Chaplain. The National Anthem will be
sung by Brianna Helbling.
The speaker will be Darrell Dorgan, a
Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S.
Army. He was deployed to Vietnam from
1969 to 1970 and is a current member of
the VFW, DAV, AMVETS, American Legion
and the Elks. Dorgan studied journalism
at Bismarck State College, the University
of North Dakota, and the University of
Minnesota. During his career in journalism
Dorgan served as News Director/Anchor
KXMB-TV and KBMR Radio; Public
Information Specialist at University of
Minnesota; and he produced, wrote and
anchored the Prairie News Journal. From
1997 through 2010 Dorgan served as
Executive Director of the North Dakota
Cowboy Hall of Fame, and he owned the
Lewis and Clark Riverboat on the Missouri
River, which was awarded North Dakota’s
Tourist Attraction for 2006. Dorgan is the
President of Dakom Communications/
Dorgan Films specializing in historical
documentaries for television, real estate
and other business ventures. He is the
Current Secretary of the North Dakota
State Historical Society Foundation and
Chairman of the North Dakota Energy
Industry Waste Coalition.

of the state Associated Press award for
Best Enterprise Reporting; Associated
Press Best Overall Coverage for all North
Dakota radio and television stations for six
years in a row; Associated Press National
Broadcast Award for “Reporting Beyond
Reproach”; and an Emmy Nomination in
1992.
Dorgan was appointed by President
Clinton to the President’s Advisory
Committee for the Arts for the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
Washington, D.C. He was appointed
by President Obama to the American
Battle Monument Commission where he
has spoken at ceremonies and visited
many of our overseas American Military
Cemeteries. Dorgan also serves as the
Chair of the North Dakota WWI Centennial
Committee.
Darrell has a strong interest in
international affairs and has reported from
Syria, Israel, and Lebanon. He resides in
Bismarck with his wife Kathy. They have
two daughters, Alex and Paige.

Dorgan has received more than 50 awards
for national, regional and state journalistic
excellence including: Five-time recipient

Veterans Day Speaker

Vietnam Veteran Darrell Dorgan

Just before 11:00 AM, American Legion
member Vern Fetch will sound 11 Bells
followed by the traditional rifle salute
rendered by the combined VFW and
AMVETS Honor Guards, and TAPS played
by Doug Webber, AMVETS bugler.
Following those final honors, weather
permitting, the ceremony will adjourn
to the North Dakota All Veterans
Memorial, south of the Heritage Center.
The monument is constructed so that at
11:00 AM on November 11th each year
the sun will shine through an aperture
and light up the state of North Dakota as
positioned on a globe in the center of the
memorial.
Refreshments will be served by the VFW
Auxiliary before and after the ceremony.
The VFW Post 1326 will be serving a light
lunch afterward at their club located at
1235 South 12th Street.
Beginning at 1 pm in the Russell Reid
Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage
Center, Dr. Joseph Stuart, chairman of the
History Department at University of Mary
will present The Cultural History of the
Great War and its 100-year Legacy. This
presentation will set the stage for a series
of programs that will unpack this topic.
Following Doctor Stuart’s presentation,
University of Mary students from Dr.
Stuart’s World War I class will give a
dramatic literary performance. Reader’s
Theater: Letters from the Great War, is
written and produced by the students
and makes personal connections from
North Dakotans involved in World War I
as they wrote letters home. These letters
exist in the North Dakota state archives
and students have been researching and
compiling materials from and related to
them for this performance. Please join us
as we honor all veterans and recognize
America’s entry into the European conflict.

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