Flag Placement

The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery is south of Mandan. 

Volunteers are requested to place flags at headstones of the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery Monday morning before the Memorial Day ceremony there.

Cemetery director Pam Helbling-Schafer said that because of a shortage of volunteers last year it took about three hours to plant the flags instead of the usual 30 minutes. 

"People can just show up and we'll be there to guide them and where the flag placement should be," Helbling-Schafer said. Volunteers are further requested to help remove the flags at 7 p.m. Monday. 

The Memorial Day service will begin at noon Monday at the cemetery south of Mandan. The 45-minute program will include a flyover and music from the 188th Army Band brass quintet. 

Various honor guards will post colors, with a rifle volley from American Legion Post 40 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 707, both of Mandan. The North Dakota National Guard Military Funeral Honors also will present a cannon salute.

Retired Brig. Gen. Al Palmer will give the keynote address after remarks from Gov. Doug Burgum, Sen. John Hoeven and Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann. 

Bleachers and chairs will provide seating for 500. Attendees may bring their own chairs.

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will provide refreshments for the ceremony.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.