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.
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.
- One shot was fired in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police say Sgt. Chris Gifford fired the shot that injured Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 38, of Juneau while officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in the 16500 block of Ocean View Drive.