Mandan News

N.D. Veterans Cemetery receives award

George Eisenbach and Pam Helbling-Schafer with the award.

George Eisenbach and Pam Helbling-Schafer with the award.

The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan has received an Excellence of Appearance Award from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration.

The award was presented on Aug. 21 by George Eisenbach, acting director of the Veterans Cemetery Grants Services. Accepting on behalf of the N.D. Veterans Cemetery were Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, the North Dakota deputy adjutant general; Col. Steven Tabor, director of Engineering and Facilities for the N.D. National Guard; and Pam Helbling-Schafer, cemetery director.

“This award is a great testament to the outstanding staff that operate and maintain the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery,” said Dohrmann. “Thanks to their efforts and the countless hours donated by dedicated individual volunteers and our veterans organizations, these beautiful grounds are a fitting final resting place for our military heroes.”

State veterans cemeteries are inspected every three years by the NCA. and the Excellence in Appearance Award is presented to cemeteries that meet or exceed the requirements.

“It’s truly great to get out to North Dakota and see this beautiful cemetery,” Eisenbach said when presenting the award. “I congratulate the team that worked so hard to achieve this national-level recognition.”

The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery is located 6.5 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 on 35 acres in the southwest corner of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.