VALLEY CITY, N.D.
— Members of the North Dakota National Guard will take time Thursday to honor the service and sacrifice of children of military personnel in the Valley City, N.D., community. “Honoring the Children of Military Members,” a half-hour presentation at each of the town’s elementary schools, will feature speakers and a color guard.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coleman, a North Dakota Army National Guard Soldier from Valley City, and retired Sgt. Maj. Rod Olin, of Jamestown, N.D., will thank the children for the sacrifices they have made while a loved one has been deployed. They also will present 42 certificates to all of the students who have family serving in the military. Twenty-eight certificates will be presented at Jefferson Elementary School during the 1 p.m. presentation and 14 will be given at Washington Elementary School at 2 p.m.
WHAT: Honoring the Children of Military Members presentation
WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Jefferson Elementary School, 1150 Central Ave. N., and 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Washington Elementary School, 510 8th Ave. S.W., both in Valley City, N.D.
COORDINATION: Media are welcome to attend, but must stop by each school office first to sign in.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,500 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 800 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas. With a total force of about 4,400 Soldiers and Airmen, sufficient forces remain in the state for emergency response and homeland defense.