PUBLISHED: 12:39 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Memorial Day
Memorial Day Ceremony
Evergreen Cemetery, Juneau
Monday, 30 May 2005
Ceremony will commence at 11 AM.

Key Note Speaker:

Rear Adm. James C. Olson
Commander, 17th Coast Guard District
Commander, United States Naval Forces Alaska
Commander, Maritime Defense Command 17

Memorial Day, May 30 (traditional), is a sacred day to all war veterans. America's collective consciousness demands that all citizens be reminded of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime. By honoring the nation's war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice.

All U.S. flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

Today is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation's veterans. It's important to celebrate the service of all of our veterans, those who fought during time of war and those who fought to maintain the peace.

And to all of our veterans, no matter where or when they served, regardless of what branch of military they served in, Thank You for your service. Each of you did your best.

For some of our veterans, the battle scars, disabling injuries and prolonged illnesses they carry help to keep the memory of their wars fresh in their minds. They deserve the assurances from a grateful nation that what they accomplished, at such high personal cost to them, enables all of us to enjoy a future free from fear.

Gerald J. Dorsher, Post Commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars Taku Post 5559 Life Member
Alaska State VFW Past Commander