Eleven Patriot Guard and eight US Military Vets MC members stood the flag line in a wind driven cool rain to honor John Bergseid for his service to our country.
The rain was present from arrival time to the start of the service so parts of the service outside were in question but Mother Nature provided a break and the funeral went on as originally planned. The flag line stood down at 2:00 P.M. when the service started and was reformed at 2:40 P.M. As the casket and the family departed the church for the burial site, which is on the church property, the Patriot Guard and the Military Vets walked along either side of the casket and the family providing an escort. We were joined by the Moorhead Legion Color Guard which provided the military honors.
After family and friends had departed the flag line was dismissed, there was no post-mission gathering as I believe everyone wanted to get home and get on some dry clothes.
Thank you to John Bergseid for his service to our country ! Thank you to all who were able to be there to honor his service.
Greg Syverson, RCIC
Friday, October 7, 2011
Twelve Patriot Guard were able to stand the flag line to honor Andy Anderson for his service to our country.
The wind was brisk (actually that isn't quite correct - it was very windy, and at times we had a difficult time holding our flags), and the flags blew crisp in the wind. The funeral home arrived shortly after we gathered, so we quickly established a flag line as Mr Anderson was brought into the church. We then had our briefing and reformed the flag line at 9:50 a.m. before family and friends started arriving. During the service we stood down and were offered coffee by the ladies of the church.
Before the service ended, all but 4 went ahead to the cemetery to establish the flag line. The remaining members stood the flag line with members of the North Dakota Air Guard for transfer to hearse, and then led the procession to the cemetery. We were joined by the North Star Marine Corps League who provided military honors. After family & friends had departed, the funeral director had the flag line move in closer while Mr. Anderson's ashes were placed in the ground. Flag line was dismissed and post-mission gathering held at the Speak Easy.
Thank you to Mr Anderson for his service to our country! Thank you to all who were able to attend today to honor him!