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Here’s where to find Memorial Day ceremonies around Southcentral Alaska and Fairbanks

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 27
  • Published May 25

Michael Haller (middle with beard) and his grandsons Edward Haller (behind the wreath),aand Rolan Haller present a wreath during the Memorial Day ceremony on the Park Strip Monday, May 27, 2019. (Anne Raup / ADN)

Anchorage

The Municipality of Anchorage will honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives by laying wreaths at this downtown Memorial Day ceremony. Speakers include Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and JBER’s 673rd Air Base wing commander Col. Patricia Csànk. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the Delaney Park Strip Veterans Memorial. (West Ninth Avenue and I Street)

Families can gather and tend to gravesites of loved ones at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Please refrain from bringing balloons, barbecues, games, glass and pets onto cemetery grounds, as they are prohibited. (535 E. Ninth Ave.)

Fort Richardson National Cemetery will be holding a ceremony on its grounds to celebrate Memorial Day with guest speaker Gov. Mike Dunleavy and master of ceremonies Sgt. David Foli. Music will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, featuring the Midnight Sons Chorus and the Glacier Brass. Service begins at noon. Civilians can enter the grounds through the JBER-Richardson main entrance. Seating is limited; bringing blankets and lawn chairs is encouraged.

Mat-Su

The American Legion Post 15 will be honoring those who have served at the Veterans Wall of Honor next to the Mat-Su Visitors Center in the valley on Monday. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m., followed by a barbecue and celebration at 2 p.m. Side dishes and desserts are appreciated. (1550 S. Mystic Circle)

Fairbanks

A number of veterans’ organizations will be hosting services Monday, including:

Birch Hill Cemetery service: 12:30 p.m.

Clay Street Cemetery service: 11:45 a.m.

Pioneer Park service: 12 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park service: 11 a.m.

Northern Lights Cemetery service: 1:30 p.m.

Golden Heart Park service: 2:30 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula

According to the Homer News, Memorial Day events will be on Monday at the following cemeteries:

Hickerson Memorial Cemetery: 10 a.m.

Anchor Point Kallman Cemetery: 12 p.m.

Ninilchik Cemetery: 2 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.


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