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.
- It aims to preserve Alaska Native culture by giving tribes and tribal organizations the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities. That often results in children being removed from their communities.
- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
- Three helmets, two hats, a headdress and a beaded shirt are from as far back as the 1600s to about 1890. They will be stored through the National Park Service, with access being granted to the Tlingit clans.