Contributed by Suellyn Novak, Alaska Veterans Museum Executive Director
Come out to Wings of Freedom's Hanger on Merrill Field on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6PM (opposite Reeve Blvd) in Anchorage to send off the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force's Canadian Harvard Mark IV, CAF Col Chuck Miller's AT-6 Texan (American version of Harvard) and John Pletcher's Grumman Goose.
They will be flying to Dutch Harbor to take part in the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1942 Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska and the Aleut Evacuation. There are full days planned, see the schedule.
Did you know that Alaska was bombed, invaded and occupied in World War II? Most Americans do not know that. Help us commemorate our soldiers, sailors and airmen, who so ably defended us, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our liberty.
For those unable to get to Dutch Harbor for this sold-out event, you can still be a part of this effort as there will be a Friday, June 9, 2017 Remembrance Ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery at 10:30AM.
This event will feature speakers, wreath layings, music and dancers. Taps will be sounded for both the American and Japanese soldiers at the close of the ceremony. For base access call Virginia Walker at (907) 383-7075 as real ID may well be a problem. For information, call Suellyn at (907) 696-4904.