First-time flag-raise at new Veterans Memorial Park

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Blessings were given and flags were raised for the 2,200 soldiers who’s names are displayed at Watford City’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Two of the 50 flags were raised for the first time Monday, and a local priest lead a prayer of blessings and gratitude for all the men and women who have served.

McKenzie County Veterans’ family-members attended the ceremony, and celebrated the fact that the flags can be flown more than just one day a year, and the poles are no longer made out of 60-year-old oil-field pipes.

Justin Johnsrud says his grandfather, Williams Falkner, served in World War II, and his name will be displayed on the memorial for generations.

“I was down here as a kid many times helping hang the flags with a ladder, and those types of things over the years, so it always meant a lot to him, so it did to his whole family, so I’m very honored to be here today,” said Justin Johnsrud, veteran family member and Parks Board president.

Johnsrud says it’s not common for a small community to have this type of memorial in the middle of town, and they hope the weather warms up so they can raise all fifty flags soon.