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The U.S Department of Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration (NCA) presented the agency’s “Excellence of Appearance Award” to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Aug. 21.
The award was presented by Mr. George Eisenbach, acting director of the Veterans Cemetery Grants Services. Accepting on behalf of the N.D. Veterans Cemetery was Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota deputy adjutant general, Col. Steven Tabor, director of Engineering and Facilities for the N.D. Guard and Pam Helbling-Schafer, cemetery director.
“This award is a great testament to the outstanding staff that operate and maintain the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery,” said Dohrmann. “Thanks to their efforts and the countless hours donated by dedicated individual volunteers and our Veterans organizations, these beautiful grounds are a fitting final resting place for our military heroes.”
State Veterans Cemeteries are inspected every three years by the NCA. The review includes headstone general appearance, alignment, turf conditions, drainage, as well as building and equipment maintenance. The “Excellence in Appearance Award” is presented to those cemeteries that meet or exceed the requirements of this triennial review.
“It’s truly great to get out to North Dakota and see this beautiful cemetery,” Eisenbach remarks when presenting the award. “I congratulate the team that worked so hard to achieve this national-level recognition.”
The N.D. Veterans Cemetery is a member of the NCA’s national cemetery system and was established by an act of the 1989 Legislative Assembly. Opened in 1992, is operated by the Office of the Adjutant General of North Dakota. It is located 6.5 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 on a 35 acre tract of land in the southwest corner of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.
“We are really proud of this memorial park and our efforts to make it a first-class facility for our military Veterans and their loved ones,” said Helbling-Schafer. “It is truly an honor to provide our military members a respectful and dignified interment area.”

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 4,000 Soldiers and more than 2,400 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, about 70 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas and more than 200 are serving in Washington, D.C., and on the southwest border of the United States. With a total force of about 4,400 Guardsmen, the North Dakota National Guard remains ready for stateside 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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