Memorial Day Events

May 27, 2012 

ANCHORAGE

• Korean War Veterans Association Staff Sgt. Archie Van Winkle Memorial Chapter service, 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial, west of I Street between Ninth and 10th avenues. The KWVA will observe the 70th anniversary of the June 3, 1942, attack on Dutch Harbor. Special recognition and a thank-you ceremony will be held to honor all attending World War II veterans, the oldest of whom is 101. Each will be honored with a "Defender of Freedom" medal. Also, a dedication of a new Global War on Terror plaque that lists the names of Alaskans who have fallen since 9/11 will be dedicated. The event will open with delivery of the colors by the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club of Anchorage in a "Rolling Thunder" ceremony. Three active generals will be on hand: Michael X. Garrett, Deborah McManus and Leon M. Bridges. Retired Gen. Richard Blunt will deliver a keynote address recounting Alaska's role in World War II. Special guests include families of the fallen heroes. (274-3218, www.kwva.org)

Anchorage Pioneers Memorial Day Service, presented by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 15/4, 11 a.m., Pioneer Tract of Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial Day service, noon, Fort Richardson National Cemetery, with preliminary music at 11:30 a.m. To lay a wreath or volunteer with preparations, call the national cemetery office at 384-7075.

Anchorage Corvette Association's Memorial Day Car Show, noon-4 p.m., Northway Mall. Admission free; $10 for burger or hot dog, chips, cookie and a beverage. All proceeds benefit the Armed Forces YMCA. Donations of non-perishable food appreciated. (333-6993, alaskacorvette.com)

MAT-SU

Memorial Day Observance ceremonies hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars begins with a walk at 11 a.m. from the Wasilla Post Office, 401 N. Main St., to Wasilla Aurora Cemetery, 290 E. Herning Ave. Meet at the Post Office at 10:15 a.m. A service will follow at a veteran's grave featuring a 21-gun salute by the American Legion, Susitna Post 35.

American Legion Post 15 in Palmer will conduct an honor ceremony at the Veterans Wall of Honor next to the Mat-Su Visitors Center, Mile 35.5 Parks Hwy., at 1 p.m.

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