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Three additional North Dakotans who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan will honored by adding their names to the North Dakota Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). The recognition ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.
The memorial is a joint endeavor between the City of Bismarck and the North Dakota National Guard and is located outside of the main entrance at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck. It was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2009 and honors North Dakota service members who were killed during GWOT.
The public and media are invited to the ceremony. No media pre-coordination required. Parking is available at the Bank of North Dakota near the east end of the Liberty Memorial Bridge.
Service members to be recognized for their sacrifice.• Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, United States Marine Corpso Killed in Action, Nasiriya, Iraq, March 23, 2003, formerly of Wishek, N.D.• Pfc. Jonathan C. Yanney, United States Armyo Killed in Action, Argandab, Afghanistan, August 18, 2009, formerly of Hettinger, N.D.• Spc. Keenan A. Cooper, United States Armyo Killed in Action, in Yakuta, Afghanistan, July 5, 2010, formerly of Wahpeton, N.D.
The ceremony will be preceded by a motorcycle “ride-in” by the North Dakota Patriot Guard. Program highlights include the National Anthem and remarks by Gov. John Hoeven, Congressman Earl Pomeroy, Mayor John Warford, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. Mrs. Dina Ferderer, whose son Dennis Ferderer is already honored on the memorial, will represent the Families of the Fallen. The fallen will be honored with a 21 gun salute and playing of taps.
The memorial is funded by private donations through the North Dakota National Guard Foundation which is a non-profit organization. Donations are also used for maintenance of the memorial.