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Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson will host a full-fledged Memorial Day Ceremony this year.

The event was canceled in 2020 when former Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz claimed it was too dangerous because of Covid. That did not, however, stop area residents from organizing their own grassroots event which included a large in-person gathering with state legislators, numerous veterans and a keynote address from Lieut. Gen. Craig Campbell of the Alaska National Guard.

In 2021, then acting-mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson held an in-person ceremony, but this year will be the first time for Bronson, who is retired military, to host the event.

The annual ceremony is put on in conjunction with mayor’s office and Anchorage Military and Veterans Affairs Commission. It is an opportunity for the public to remember and honor the nation’s fallen heroes.

“Memorial Day is a somber and special day for millions of Americans who remember their loved ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our country,” Bronson said in a statement announcing the event. “As a retired member of the military, I know the sacrifices required of our armed forces and their families.”

Bronson is encouraging Anchorage residents to gather and “remember those who fought and died, so that we could live and enjoy the freedoms our great country offers.”

The Anchorage Remembers Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m., along Delaney Park Strip at West 9th Avenue. The ceremony will include patriotic music, spiritual words, distinguished speakers and laying of the wreaths to honor the fallen.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.