In May of 1868, General John Logan proclaimed Decoration Day as a day of reflection and remembrance for the sacrifices of military service members by having flowers placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.Laddie Shaw
There are one-hundred-eighty-six Alaskans memorialized by name on the Anchorage Veterans Memorial at Delaney Park. Unfortunately, other Alaskans' names will soon be added due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sharon Long
We should drill in the Arctic -- with tough standards and a close watch.
Winners and losers in last week's news
On Memorial Day, Alaska welcomes Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for his first visit since taking office in 2009. Alaska is proud to be the state with the most veterans per capita in the country: 77,000 and growing. Unfortunately, Alaska is also the state in which the VA may be most challenged to effectively serve its beneficiaries.Sen. Lisa Murkowski
In April, a group of concerned Bristol Bay citizens filed a petition with the Lake and Peninsula Borough. The Save our Salmon initiative is designed to give locals a voice in decisions about large-scale industrial development. Shannyn Moore