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WWII Victory Celebration

World War II Veterans celebration 70th anniversary    As thoughts and thanks are directed to military veterans this Nov. 11, special activities have already been conducted this year, in special tribute to the fading, but not forgotten, veterans of World War II.

     A genuine World War II service atmosphere returned to the World War Memorial Building in Bismarck last month. On a glorious October Saturday, the 164th Infantry Association hosted a victory celebration in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the successful end of World War II. Nearly 120 World War WII veterans – accompanied by family and friends – attended, several in dress uniforms they were issued during World War II service. The 188th Army National Guard Band provided vintage wartime dance music, and World War II USO canteen-style service of donuts, coffee and hotdogs was provided.

    North Dakota U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer attended the event. “We will not let the country forget your sacrifice,” Heitkamp said. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who was represented at the event, previously issued a Gubernatorial Proclamation designating  Sept. 2 to Nov. 11, 2015, as the “North Dakota 70th Anniversary of World War II Victory Celebration.”

   Nearly 59,000 North Dakota men and women served in the U.S. military during World War II; 1,939 died in World WAr II military service, hundreds more were wounded in combat.