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Monday’s Memorial Day services in Alaska

The National Moment of Remembrance Act asks Americans to pause whatever they are doing at 3 pm, local time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the United States of America. Other events taking place start Sunday and continue on Monday, including:

SUNDAY

ALASKA VETS MOTORCYCLE MEMORIAL RUN TO BYERS LAKE

Hawkins

McKinley View Lodge gathering at Mile 134 Parks Highway at 2 pm to ride to the veterans memorial at Byers Lake, where there will be a memorial service. Hundreds of motorcycles will be on the highway.

MONDAY

ANCHORAGE 

JBER Memorial Day Service, Fort Richardson National Cemetery, 11:30 am, guest speaker Col. John “Jimmy Joe” James, commander 49th Alaska State Defense Force. Master of Ceremonies 1SG David “Diesel” Foli, US Army Retired. Midnight Sons Chorus and The Glacier Brass.

Anchorage Remembers, Delaney Park Strip 9 on West 9th Avenue, 9:30-10:30 am
Music, spiritual words, and laying of wreaths to honor the fallen. Keynote speakers: Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Lt. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, commander of the Alaskan Command and 11th Air Force, and the senior military officer in Alaska.

Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery is open 8 am to 8 pm. No balloons, barbecues, games, glass or pets allowed.
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

14th Annual Memorial Day Car Show, Northway Mall in Anchorage, noon-4 pm, sponsored by the Anchorage Corvette Association with proceeds going to  The Last Frontier Honor Flight, Inc.

MAT-SU

Veterans Wall of Honor ceremony at 1 p.m. Located near the Mat-Su Visitors Center in Palmer, Mile 35.5 Parks Highway.

Memorial Day Barbecue at American Legion Post 15 starting at 2 pm, 1550 S. Mystic Circle.

Annual Memorial Day Walk led by local Amvets, departing from the Wasilla Post Office at 10:45 am to Aurora Cemetery. Ceremony immediately following at cemetery.

JUNEAU

American Legion hosts a ceremony at Alaska Memorial Park off Riverside Drive at 11 am.

VFW hosts a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery at 11 am.

Southeast Alaska Native Veterans host observance at 11:30 am in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Willoughby Ave.

American Legion Auke Bay Post 25 hosts a chili and ribs barbecue at its location at Mile 13 in the afternoon.

FAIRBANKS

Post 11 hosts a Memorial Day observance at 11 am at Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Cushman St.

Ceremonies at 1 p.m. at the gazebo in Gold Rush Town.

Golden Heart Park ceremony at 2:30 pm in downtown Fairbanks.

Services at cemeteries include: Clay Street, 11:30 am, Birch Hill, 12:30 pm, Northern Lights, 1:30 pm.

Fairbanks North Star Borough hosts a Memorial Day celebration from noon to 4:30 pm at Pioneer Park.

KENAI

The Avenue of Flags will be seen at the Kenai City Cemetery at 10:30 am

Memorial service begins at noon Leif Hansen Memorial Park.

The Avenue of Flags will occur at 2 pm at the Soldotna City Cemetery.

SEWARD

The Avenue of Flags will occur at 11 am at the Seward American Legion Cemetery.

Know of a Memorial Day observance in Alaska not listed here? Send it to suzanne @ mustreadalaska.com.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The State’s Vets memorial has been ignored all winter by the current administration and the parks department has well has DOT. It was left all winter unplowed and uncared for. While they plowed the road behind it. The flags were left unattended all winter and were not lowered to half-mast when they were ordered too. The memorial is more then a one day event! It was not a cost cutting measure when they kept the road and bathroom behind it open for state workers to use. On two occasions I found state workers sleeping there in state trucks. It only became clear of snow the second week of May because it all melted.

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