Monday Memorial Day observances set

Evergreen Cemetery, Memorial Day 2011.
Photo by Matt Miller.

Monday’s Memorial Day observances in Juneau will begin at 11 a.m. at both Evergreen Cemetery downtown and Alaska Memorial Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Taku Post 5559, the keynote speaker is U.S. Coast Guard Commander Dennis Evans.

He is commanding officer for the Rescue 21 office in Juneau, according to Kip Wadlow of Coast Guard Public Affairs. The office coordinates radio communications improvements for Alaska and is on Mayflower Island.

Flags at the downtown ceremony will be presented by the Coast Guard Color Guard.

Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 is hosting the Mendenhall Valley observance. Coast Guard Commander David Godfrey will be the speaker.

He is commanding officer of the electronics unit in charge of maintaining computer and telephone support in the state of Alaska.

Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial Day Tribute begins at 11:30 a.m., at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, formerly ANB Hall, at 320 West Willoughby Avenue downtown.

“Flag protocol is of course half-staff until 12 o’clock noon,” says veteran Tim Armstrong. “And at 12 o’clock noon, the American flag should be raised to its full staff.”

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was first observed after the American Civil War.

Memorial Day, 2011. Photo by Matt Miller.

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