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EDITOR, Daily News:
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! For many, it is the unofficial start of summer, full of barbeques, family time, and getting outside. For others, it is a solemn time of remembrance. Memorial Day is the celebration of the lives of those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
About 1 in 10 Alaskans are veterans, which is one of the highest percentages in the U.S. In addition, Alaska has the highest per capita population of Native American, women, and young (aged 20-34) veterans of any state. I personally want to say, ‘thank you!’ to all veterans and current service members for fighting for our freedom. I encourage everyone to take time out of this busy holiday weekend to reflect on what Memorial Day really means. It is a time for honoring our veterans and current service members, and remembering the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
You can celebrate the lives of those who have died by attending the events in Ketchikan on Monday hosted by the American Legion and the VFW. You can also donate to the Alaska Veteran’s Healthcare System anytime by contacting the Alaska VA Voluntary Service Office. Alaska is grateful for our veterans and service members! Have a safe, happy, and reflective holiday.
REP. DAN ORTIZ
House District 36