Mandan News

Memorial March Sunday to honor fallen N.D. soldiers

North Dakota National Guard family members will host the sixth annual “Memorial Road March” Sunday, June 9, in remembrance of all service members killed in action in the Global War on Terrorism. The march also honors all of the military members currently serving and Veterans. The 9-mile march begins at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism and ends at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Marchers will begin assembling at the Bank of North Dakota parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

The public is invited to march to show their support for our military. Parking and registration the morning of the march at the Bank of North Dakota’s parking lot. Transportation from the cemetery will return participants to their vehicles at the conclusion of the march. Vans will follow the marchers in the event marchers do not wish to walk the entire distance.

The march will begin with a short remembrance ceremony at 9:38 a.m. at the GWOT Memorial located at the front gate of the North Dakota National Guard headquarters at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The time of the ceremony coincides with the local Afghanistan time when Sgt. Travis A. Van Zoest, 21, and Cpl. Curtis R. Mehrer, 21, were killed in action on June 6, 2006, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while on duty in Afghanistan. They were members of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment – Security Forces (1-188th ADA – SECFOR). Two other Soldiers in their unit were also killed in action in Afghanistan; Cpl. Nathan J. Goodiron, 25, Mandaree, N.D., and Cpl. Christopher K. Kleinwachter, 29, Wahpeton, N.D.

Marchers will rest at the McDonalds in Mandan and The Post, south of Mandan, before heading south on North Dakota highway 1806 en route to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.