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Remembering Tyler Orgaard and Darren Linde

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Nearly six months ago North Dakota lost two soldiers in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Darren Linde and Specialist Tyler Orgaard were killed last December when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle.

Tonight family and friends are remembering those soldiers as their names are placed on the Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

<< Darren Linde's daughter and Tyler Orgaard's dad, sing the National Anthem.

"Sgt. first class Linde and Specialist Orgaard willingly answered their country's call to duty and laid down their lives to protect our homeland and our way of life,' Governor Jack Dalrymple said.

"We are grateful for their lives shared with those they love, we are grateful for their willingness to put themselves second," Monsignor Chad Gion said.

"They join 24 heroes with ties to the great state of North Dakota, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for this nation since the attacks of September 11th, as it reads on the memorial, we will never forget," Governor Dalrymple said.

Family members of Linde and Orgaard place a set of dog tags of their fallen family member on this statue, but they also keep a pair close to their heart.

"Sometimes the whole thing still kind of feels like a dream, but I wear his dog tags on me everyday and it's great to honor and remember all of these guys," Jesse Orgaard said.

Nearly six months after these two brave men died, they continue to be remembered for commitment to their country.

"It's really nice to see how many people appreciate us and care about the families," Eric Linde said.

"Sgt. Linde and Specialist Orgaard were serving in the 818th Engineer Company when they were killed in action on December 3rd, 2012, this day is a reflection on sacrifice and selfless service and the true mark of our resilient American Spirit," Major General David Sprynczynatyk said.

A reminder set in stone of their sacrifice to our nation.>>

The memorial at Fraine Barracks was dedicated on September 11, 2009 to honor all North Dakota soldiers killed in the Global War on Terror.

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