War on Terror Remembrance Wall

10,550 names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war on terror are being displayed in Bismarck. It's a part of a traveling memorial that has been all across the country. Something, North Dakota AMVETS worked hard to ensure.

"I will not let any soldier leave the city of Bismarck or the state of North Dakota without a goodbye and they will not come home without a welcome home. That's my passion and I'm going to try everything in my power to uphold that. And this wall is part of that," said Jim Nelson, the North Dakota AMVETS Chaplain. 

Jim served in the Vietnam War. Back then, it was not widely accepted to be a veteran, so he made it his mission to make sure not a single soldier or family member feels that same way. 

"This wall was brought to Bismarck as a healing for the gold star families here in the Bismarck area and North Dakota," said Nelson.

The names of 29 North Dakotans are displayed on the wall of remembrance. They are labeled by little arrows just like this one so family and friends can easily find them like Joyce and Shelia. Their sons were both killed in Afghanistan at the same time on June 6, 2006.

Joyce Mehrer, the mother of Curtis Mehrer said, "People that are on here, there's loved ones that they have left behind. And they were the most important. The most important ones are on the wall are to us."

Both of their sons graduated high school in Bismarck in 2003. They lean on each other for support when times get tough and encourage everyone to stop by and see the memorial. 

 "So people don't forget not only that people gave their lives for this but also that we still have people serving," said Sheila Richter, mother of Travis VanZoest. 

Lieutenant Colonel Davina French was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies, and representatives from all branches of the armed forces were present.

The wall will be displayed all weekend at the Bismarck Event Center. Admission is free.

- 9AM - 9 PM Friday

- 9AM - 9PM Saturday

- 9AM - 5PM Sunday

 


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