Dedicating Williston’s Freedom Monument

WILLISTON, N.D. - A dedication ceremony for Williston’s Freedom Monument took place Wednesday, Sept. 11. It honors veterans who have served since the Vietnam War; many deployed as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony, held by the Military Affairs Committee, stems from an idea that started 10 years ago when members realized there was no monument honoring Post-Vietnam veterans in Williston.

That idea is now a reality. Freedom Monument now sits along-side others on Veterans Plaza in Riverview Cemetery. It honors past, current, and future members of the military. Committee members say they think it's an important addition to remind those veterans that the community cares about them.

Grant Carns Williams County Veterans Service Officer said it’s "a thank you, and another way for us to remember those men and women who have served, not only since 1975, but specifically those that were affected by those September 11 attacks 18 years ago.”

The monument includes an electric kiosk that educates the public, and gives committee members the ability to add information about any future actions that requires the service of military men and women.