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Memorial Day

Military and VeteransWHEREAS, since 1971, the last Monday in May has been officially designated as Memorial Day to pay tribute and to honor those who have given their lives in all American wars; and

WHEREAS, Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 to remember fallen Civil War soldiers; and

WHEREAS, generations of brave, selfless, patriotic men and women have served in the military, protecting and defending our nation, and countless warriors have laid down their lives in the ultimate sacrifice; and


WHEREAS, Alaska’s servicemen and women and military families from all branches, serve as pillars in our communities, strengthening Alaskan families, providing role models for younger generations; and

WHEREAS, we mourn the loss of every soldier, honor their memories as heroes, pray for the loved ones they left behind, and recommit to defending the nation that they died to protect; and

WHEREAS, we are grateful for and humbled by the service of our Armed Forces, and we must celebrate the lives of our courageous heroes who have helped shape a better world for us; and

WHEREAS, on this day let us reflect on the sacrifices of our brave men and women who served our country in all wars and honor their memory as American heroes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 30, 2016 as:

Memorial Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers, honor their memory, and consider the active duty men and women who are serving our country today.

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Memorial Day
Authored by: Anna on Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 04:42 PM AKDT
This is what Memorial Day is about, not furniture or used car "deals".
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Memorial Day
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 26 2016 @ 06:05 AM AKDT
Business that advertise "Memorial Day Specials" should be boycotted.
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Memorial Day
Authored by: Greg on Friday, May 27 2016 @ 07:07 AM AKDT
Thank you Dennis! Thank you U.S. Military men and women.
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Memorial Day
Authored by: DG on Saturday, May 28 2016 @ 04:51 PM AKDT
It was an honor to serve.
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