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Navy veteran Bob Wefald was master of ceremonies at the Veterans Day 2015 observance sponsored by the Bismarck veterans organizations at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Former North Dakota attorney general Bob Wefald will be in Normandy, France, on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

President Donald Trump in 2017 appointed Wefald to the American Battle Monuments Commission, which is the custodian of American overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials.

Wefald will join other member of the commission for 75th anniversary events of the major Allied landings in Europe during World War II. Events are at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy, the Normandy American Cemetery and the Rhone American Cemetery in France.

Wefald said the commission is in charge of the 75th anniversary ceremony on Thursday at the Normandy American Cemetery, and members will join Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"It's going to be an incredible event," he said. "The last hurrah for the few remaining World War II veterans."

Wefald, a U.S. Navy veteran, visited the Normandy American Cemetery in 1997. He said the commission also will be at the cemetery on Friday for the dedication of the renovated visitor center.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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