- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the site south of Mandan.

The theme of the ceremony that begins at noon at the cemetery off state Highway 1806 is “25 Years of Honor.”

The annual ceremony hosted by the North Dakota National Guard honors all deceased American soldiers and is free to the public.

This year’s keynote speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Alexander Macdonald, who served as the Guard’s adjutant general during the construction of the cemetery.

Also scheduled to speak are Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-suh-NAT’-ihk), the current adjutant general of the Guard. The Guard’s Fargo-based 188th Army Band’s Brass Quintet will perform.

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