N.D. National Guard begins march for fallen soldiersThe North Dakota National Guard is honoring soldiers who died in the war on terrorism.
WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota National Guard is honoring soldiers who died in the war on terrorism.
The 413-mile “March to Mandaree” trek led by Sgt. Steven Fraase is meant to pay tribute to a dozen Guard soldiers killed in action since the 2001 terrorist attacks. It has stops in hometowns of four soldiers who died in Afghanistan in 2006.
It began Friday with services in Grand Forks and Wahpeton, the home and burial site of Cpl. Christopher Kleinwachter. The march continues to Bismarck, the home of Cpl. Curtis Mehrer and Sgt. Travis Van Zoest. It ends July 3 with a ceremony in Mandaree, home of Cpl. Nathan Goodiron.
Guard officials say more than 50 participants are expected to walk up to 30 miles with Fraase each day.