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Veterans on motorcycles pay tribute to ND vet

NEW TOWN – Veterans of the Vietnam War and Vietnan-era on motorcycles are escorting the ashes of a veteran formerly of New Town from Pleasant View, Tenn., to New Town. The group of Patriot Guard Riders left Tennessee on Wednesday.

Dayved White Owl, a Vietnam War-Era veteran who served in the Navy, died this past winter. Veterans on motorcycles left Tennessee to accompany White Owl’s wife, Gwen, and Dayved’s son, Virgil, in a vehicle carrying his ashes.

The motorcade of veterans on motorcycles started in Tennessee with four motorcycles and more have been joining the group en route. People have been lining the highways and overpasses, and saluting them as they travel by on the way to North Dakota.

The group is expected to arrive in Makoti on Friday afternoon where they will be met by a contingency from Fort Berthold Reservation to escort them to Robert White Owl’s residence on N.D. Highway 1804 near New Town. Robert White Owl is a nephew to Dayved White Owl.

On Friday, Dayved White Owl’s ashes will be taken to Mount Crow Flies High, west of New Town, where they will be scattered.

Roger White Owl, New Town, said his brother had requested his ashes be scattered at Mount Crow Flies High. Dakota Drive, where Dayved grew up, can be seen from the east side of Mount Crow Flies High.

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