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Homer gets ready for USS Hopper

Photos below from this morning’s preparations for the arrival of the USS Hopper, a Navy destroyer that is paying a call to Homer, Alaska today.

Volunteers posted 1,200 feet of American flags along the beach of the Homer Spit to welcome the 300+ sailors aboard the ship, which will be taking part in Northern Edge military training in the weeks ahead.

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As noon approached, motorcycle clubs and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were beginning to arrive. A barbecue is planned for the military this afternoon. As the ship came into the dock, a few protestors showed up, but were outnumbered 10-1 by flag-waving supporters. (Photos by Larry Zuccaro.)

[Read: Navy destroyer making call on Homer; protests planned and panned]


And then a tiny band of protestors showed up and stood next to the supporters, as the ship came into the bay:

But the supporters of the military overwhelmed the protestors:

Along with a side of Homer you rarely see, although Homer did vote for Trump. Betty Snow and Jack Packer, in support of the president…


Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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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