FARGO, N.D. — Military kids will receive recognition for their own service Sunday when the North Dakota National Guard kicks off Month of the Military Child with events in Bismarck and Fargo. It’s the first Spring Event hosted by the North Dakota National Guard Child & Youth Program, said Jessi Clark-Woinarowicz, state youth coordinator. It’s also a time to “officially recognize the service and sacrifice of military children,” she said.
Events at Bismarck’s Raymond J. Bohn Armory and the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center include games, face painting, egg decorating and crafts, cupcake decorating, an Easter egg hunt and a visit by the Easter bunny, who will pose for photos with the children.
An awards ceremony during each event will provide each military child with a True Patriot Award certificate signed by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, in honor of their service.
The Guard has partnered with North Dakota’s Operation: Military Kids and 4-H for the event.
WHAT: Bismarck Spring Event to kick off Month of the Military Child
WHEN: 1:30-2:30 p.m., registration, games, booths and Easter bunny photos; 2:30 p.m. True Patriot Award certificate presentations; 3-3:30 p.m. Easter egg hunt
WHERE: Raymond J. Bohn Armory, 4200 E. Divide Ave., Bismarck, N.D.
MEDIA: For assistance in Bismarck, Jessi Clark-Woinarowicz at 701-866-3263.
WHAT: Fargo Spring Event to kick off Month of the Military Child
WHEN: 1:30-2 p.m., registration, craft tables, Easter bunny photos; 2-2:30 p.m., outdoor Easter egg hunt for kids ages 0-4; 2:30-3 p.m. True Patriot Award ceremony; 3-3:30 p.m., outdoor Easter egg hunt for kids ages 5 and older
WHERE: Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center, 3920 31st St. N., Fargo, N.D.
MEDIA: For assistance in Fargo, call Beth Sandeen at 701-306-0235.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, nearly 300 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.
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