Sunday, July 06, 2008

MVC at Camp Grafton 

Posted by Sasha at 2:29 PM ET

MVC at Camp Grafton in Devils Lake, ND
Written by Tristina, 2nd Year Veteran

On the morning of Saturday, June 21, 2008, Jessie and I boarded a small plane in Minneapolis to attend Military Appreciation Day in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. I had never been to a military base before, so I had no idea what to expect, and neither of us had been to this tiny town in the middle of North Dakota. We arrived in Grand Forks and everyone got off of our 34 passenger plane except Jessie, myself, and one other girl…who invited us to attend her family reunion on the lake. Our first impression of the people from this small town was definitely a good one, and we were excited to meet all of the troops!

Once we landed in Devil’s Lake, a soldier named Mark picked us up and we quickly became friends with him as he accompanied us around the military base and was our security for the weekend. Located on the shores of Devil’s Lake, Camp Grafton is a training facility specializing in Engineering. We signed autographs and took pictures with nearly 1000 people who attended the event. There was also a motorcycle parade from the Patriot Guard, whose mission is help on the home front. It is the intention of the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to assist the Veteran's community by taking a proactive role in the lives of our Veterans and the societies they protect and defend. There was also a car show, children’s games, an art show, chili cook-off, and a band for the street dance. A highlight of the day was when we had the opportunity to shoot real M-6s and M-16s at a simulation screen. Everyone was grateful that we made the trip out to Camp Grafton to celebrate our troops. We were honored that we were included in this special day!

We left after breakfast the next morning, following a tearful goodbye. Jessie and I couldn’t get enough of meeting all of the soldiers and their families at Camp Grafton in the sweet town of Devil’s Lake, ND. The people were extremely warm and welcoming and we look forward to being a part of this event next year!

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