Memorial March is June 6; faculty, staff help sought


On June 6, at 9:38 a.m., the first 1-188th ADA Memorial March will be hosted in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, to remember the service members of the state who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. This march also aims to provide healing and closure for the soldiers who lost comrades while deployed.

This Memorial March will have three options for individuals to participate: two, six, and 12 miles. We are seeking your help at locations throughout the city that encompass the 12-mile march. We need two to three volunteers for approximately two to three hours per location to check the numbers of the walkers as they go by and offer refreshments, water, and support. We have 12 locations.

Pre-registration for this free Memorial March is requested. Go to Soldiers' Angels, www.soldiersangels.org , and look for the N.D. crest. There will also be registration and check-in process at the start locations from 8 to 9:20 a.m., with a short program from 9:20 to 9:38 a.m. when the step off will be made by family members of the fallen North Dakota heroes.

There will be a limited edition 1-188th ADA Memorial March T-shirt available for purchase to the first 300 people to register for the Memorial March. This T-shirt will cost $5; you may pay for these shirts at the march check-in, or you may write a check to Soldiers' Angels for $5 and send to Shelle Michaels/Soldiers' Angels, 2901 University Ave., #7026, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

This Memorial March is open to all National Guard members, all service members and civilians.

For more information contact the Grand Forks location coordinator, Shelle Michaels, at shellemichaels@msn.com .