BISMARCK, N.D. - A campaign to honor North Dakota's veterans is underway, raising money for coins that will be given to families of soldiers who pass away.
That campaign is halfway to its goal, and currently has about $6,000 and a goal of $12,000.
At a military funeral, the family receives an American flag from the country as a gift for their family's service, soon they will also receive this from the state of North Dakota
"It's just another something you can display in your home. A sense of pride for the veteran and for the family," said Lee A. Peterson, North Dakota National Guard.
On the front side, logos of the five branches of the military surround the U.S. and State flag. It says "On Behalf of a Grateful State." On the back is the battle cross below, which the soldiers name can be engraved.
"The coin means thank you for your service, your dedication, the sacrifices that you made not only to the United States, but for the state of North Dakota," said Jim Nelson, 2nd Vice Commander of the AmVets of North Dakota.
The program went into effect back in August, but the coins can't be made until they have funding. So, families of North Dakota Veterans buried since then will receive one as soon as the coins are made. Families of veterans buried prior to August may also request the coins.
"I'm talking vietnam or World War I, those people weren't. I don't think they were honored enough, and I think everyday we should honor them for their sacrifice they have given to the state and to the country," said Peterson.
The initial $12,000 will fund about 4,000 coins which is believed to be enough for two years.
If you would like to support the campaign you can send checks to the North Dakota Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Their address can be found on their Facebook page or website.