Fallen soldiers to be honored

BISMARCK A remembrance ceremony at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism will honor two additional North Dakotans who were killed in action last December.

The soldiers are:

– Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, 41, Devils Lake, formerly of Sidney, Mont. Linde is interred at Sidney Cemetery at Sidney.

– Spc. Tyler John Orgaard, 20, Bismarck. Orgaard is interred at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan.

Both soldiers were members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) and died Dec. 3, 2012, during combat operations in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The ceremony will take place at the memorial today at 6 p.m.

Harriet Goodiron of Mandaree, mother of Cpl. Nathan Goodiron who died Nov. 23, 2006, in Afghanistan, will be keynote speaker. The program will also include Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, N.D. adjutant general. Connie Sprynczynatyk, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, will serve as the ceremony’s emcee.

The memorial, a joint endeavor between the City of Bismarck and N.D. National Guard, is located outside the main entrance at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck. It was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2009, and honors North Dakota service members who were killed during the global war on terrorism. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Building 400 at Fraine Barracks.

The ceremony is open to the public.