The Municipality of Anchorage, under former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, took a hard pass on having a Memorial Day ceremony in 2020. Last year, the citizens took over the tradition and conducted their own at the Delaney Park Strip Veterans Memorial.
Led by activist Bernadette Wilson, the ceremony in 2020 had all the features of a normal Memorial Day service, but with a decidedly populist flair. Berkowitz did not attend.
This year, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson has restored the tradition, set for 9:30-10:30 am on Monday, May 31. The Veterans Memorial is located near West 9th Avenue and I Street.
The “Anchorage Remembers” ceremony includes patriotic music, spiritual words, speakers and laying of wreaths to honor the fallen. Keynote speakers include Quinn-Davidson and Major Gen. Peter Andrysiak, commanding general of the U.S. Army Alaska and deputy commander of the U.S. Alaskan Command.
During the ceremony, the Municipality’s Military and Veterans Affairs Commission will pay special tribute to a longtime community advocate for Alaska’s veterans and military.