North Dakota service members to be honored on 9/11 anniversary

The Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism, at the entrance to Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. (U.S. National Guard photo by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office/Released

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the North Dakota adjutant general, will host a Remembrance Prayer Service Sept. 11 to honor North Dakota's fallen service members and their families. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), located at the entrance to Fraine Barracks in Bismarck.

The memorial at Fraine Barracks was dedicated ten year ago on Sept. 11, 2009, and honors 28 North Dakota service members who lost their lives in the Global War on Terrorism. It was established to provide a place where families, friends and fellow citizens could reflect and remember the service of the fallen. The memorial was a joint venture between the City of Bismarck and the North Dakota National Guard and is funded through private donations.

Prior to the formal remembrance ceremony, attendees also are invited to participate in an "Old Glory" run/walk/bike/blade, which will begin at Bismarck's Pioneer Park and end at the GWOT memorial in time for the 7 p.m. ceremony. Participants are invited to arrive at the park between 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m in order to participate in the march to the memorial. Upon arrival at the memorial, attendees will be furnished refreshments. Both events are free and open to the public.