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Most every year July 9th is a cause for celebration in Anchorage. Large crowds gather at Alaska Family & Child, the oldest non-profit in the state, which started as the Jesse Lee Home for Children. The governor usually speaks about a 13-year-old boy named Benny Benson designing Alaska’s state flag. Families enjoy bar-be-que dinner, lawn games, live music, and celebrate the simple flag of the last frontier – the only state flag in America designed...

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“Their’s [our ancestors’] was the task … to uprear … a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; ‘tis ours … to transmit these … to the latest generation…” “At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? … If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us … If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must...

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The home of the Alaska flag and one of the most historically significant structures in the state may soon be reduced to rubble if the Seward City Council approves plans to demolish the Jesse Lee Home. Council members will consider the idea during a public hearing at their July 13 meeting. Long-time resident and former council member Iris Darling is hoping to raise awareness and stop the city from doing away with the national landmark....

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The growing controversy of renaming sports teams around the nation and eliminating what some view as culturally insensitive mascots has reached Wasilla High School – home of the Warriors. An online petition to remove the long-standing Warrior mascot was posted July 3 on Change.org by Wasilla resident R.J. Fontaine and has garnered more than 780 supporters, although it is impossible to tell how many are actually from Alaska. Fontaine, who likes a number of LGBT...

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A newly released survey of young Americans shows that patriotism and a favorable view of American history plummets once high schoolers head to college. The 2020 Youth Patriotism Index takes a look at the rising generation’s opinions of America, its institutions, and its values. A dramatic change occurs after high school. Here are some of the findings. 66% of high school students believe America is exceptional, compared to 47% of college students 55% of high school...

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Private citizens in communities across Alaska came together to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. From water parades on Nancy Lake and Big Lake to a rolling automobile caravan in Anchorage and a beach party in Seldovia, Alaskans took up the patriotic mantle from local governments that cancelled events due to COVID-19. While cities declined to hold official events, Alaskans would not be denied a chance to wish America a happy 244th birthday. The Alaska Watchman...

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy has agreed to join Alaskans in prayer to seek healing and racial reconciliation. The online prayer gathering will occur on July 16 and will be hosted by Alaska churches and ministries. “Let us mobilize all pastors, prayer warriors, and Christians across Alaska to come together in one accord to pray for and bring racial reconciliation and healing to the state of Alaska,” Pastor Prince Nwankudu of Revive Alaska Community Services said in...

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While towns across Alaska have cancelled government-sponsored 4th of July celebrations, several communities are holding citizen-organized celebrations of Independence Day. Below is a rundown of what’s happening. If you know of others, send us the information. ‘FREEDOM FESTIVAL’ IN PALMER July 3-4 (10 a.m.-7 p.m. each day) Location: MTA Events Center in Palmer Events include booths, food trucks, downtown parade and contests (July 4th at 11 a.m.) Learn more here. ‘CELEBRATE FREEDOM’ IN JUNEAU July...

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With statues and monuments to the Founding Fathers being toppled and desecrated by maddened mobs across the nation, it is important to recall the incredible talent and courage these men exhibited in issuing the Declaration of Independence 244 years ago this Saturday. They were not perfect men – none are – but they set forth a vision that would ultimately transform the world. Alaskans would do well to join Americans around the nation in specifically commemorating...