The figurative start of the summer commercial fishing season in Juneau occurred Saturday during the annual blessing of the fleet and the dedication of names on the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial.
Some of the sounds and voices from Saturday’s wet event included Pastor Sam Dalin of the River of Glory Church, memorial organizer Bruce Weyhrauch, Samantha Kostenko, Governor Sean Parnell, and Reverend Doctor Douglas Dye of Chapel by the Lake, Dylan Davis, and the City of Juneau Pipe Band.
Names of those who devoted their lives to commercial fishing and engraved on the Memorial include Bruce Freitag, Bob Pasquan, and John Pugh, Jr., Bill Razpotnik, and Shea Hunter Walling.
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