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Alaska National Guard Day Reunion Celebration

Posted: July 28, 2013 - 12:00am

Last year, the Alaska Legislature and Governor Sean Parnell established Alaska National Guard Day on July 30 each year to honor Guard members for their tremendous bravery, sacrifice and commitment to their communities, their state and their country.

This year, the celebration will be held at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (the old armory) on Tuesday, July 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All Alaska Guard Members, past and present and their families are encouraged to attend. Last year’s celebration was a great success with over 300 guests and more than 20 sponsors.

Since its authorization on July 30, 1948, the Alaska National Guard has grown, changed and modernized in order to meet the Guard’s commitment of protecting life and property both at home and abroad. Over the last decade units of the Alaska Guard have served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and numerous other locations.

In addition to fine food and beverages, local and state dignitaries will be on hand to thank former and current Alaska National Guard members for their service. An added feature this year is that some employer representatives from Juneau’s mining and business sectors will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities with former and current Guard members.

The Alaska National Guard Day Reunion Celebration is a small measure for the Juneau community to say thank you for the service and sacrifice made by our local Guardsman.

Corporate sponsors include American Legion Auke Bay Post #25, Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine, Hecla Mining Company, Juneau Hydropower, Inc., Alaskan Brewing Co., Goldbelt and NC Machinery.

Contact Mac Metcalfe at 586-1534 or by emailing metcalfe@gci.net for more information.

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