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Cold weather abbreviates wreaths memorial at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

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Wreaths Across America

Colorful wreaths adorn headstones at the snow-free North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan as Ron Patch, left, and Karen Deibert visit graves of loved ones at the cemetery Jan. 9. Every year since 2013 the Civil Air Patrol has raised funds to participate in the Wreaths Across America effort to place evergreen wreaths at the cemetery. Lt Col. Kevin Iverson of the Bismarck Composite of the CAP said he visited the cemetery on Christmas and estimated there were close to 80 people there. "It was a constant stream of vehicles," he said. This year more than 7,000 wreaths were placed by family members and volunteers. They’ll be removed on Jan. 23.

The Wreaths Across America ceremony set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan will be abbreviated and informal due to cold weather.

The Bismarck Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol encourages participates to dress warmly and follow traffic guidance at the cemetery.

More than 7,700 wreaths are set to placed at graves.

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