Times, locations for Memorial Day services in Anchorage, Mat-Su


Korean War Veterans Association, Staff Sgt. Archie Van Winkle Memorial Chapter 288, conducts a service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, 9:30 a.m. at Ninth Avenue and G Street. This location is just east of the Veterans Flag Pole, which is undergoing remodeling. A blue and gray color guard is planned. The group will also commemorate the World War II American invasion and retaking of the Alaska island of Attu. All War on Terror veterans attending will be recognized. Children are welcome and each child will get a "Buddy" poppy, the flower of remembrance, from the VFW.

Anchorage Pioneers Memorial Day Service is presented by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 15/4 at 11 a.m., Pioneer Tract of Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Men's Igloo 15 president John Aho and Carol Storrs of Women's Igloo 4 will preside.


Memorial Day service at Fort Richardson National Cemetery begins at noon, with preliminary music at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers are Glenn Madderom with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Sen. Mark Begich. Robert "Bob" Nelson, counselor at the Anchorage Veterans Resource Center, will be master of ceremonies. Music will be provided by the Air Force Band of the Pacific and the Midnight Sons Chorus. The military will be on hand for a color guard and a gun salute. Bugles Across America volunteers will perform echo taps to close the ceremony. No pets allowed. Because seating is limited, bring a blanket or lawn chair but leave picnic baskets at home. To lay a wreath or volunteer with preparations, call the national cemetery office at 384-7075 and leave a detailed message.


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



Memorial Day observances begin with a walk at 10:30 a.m. from Wasilla Post Office, 401 N. Main St., to Wasilla Aurora Cemetery, 290 E. Herning Ave. A service will follow at a veteran's grave. At 1 p.m., a ceremony hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9365 takes place at the Veterans Wall of Honor, Mile 35.5 Parks Highway. The program includes remarks by Sen. Mark Begich, music, a 21-gun salute and readings of proclamations by President Barack Obama and Gov. Sean Parnell. A gathering and meal are 2-5 p.m. at the post, 301 E. Lakeview Ave.Several ceremonies and commemorations are scheduled for Monday in Anchorage and the Mat-Su area