would like to thank Rep. Carl Morgan for his leadership in sponsoring HB 285, an act adding a second verse to the official Alaska state song, and for his efforts in bringing Benny Benson's granddaughter and great-granddaughter to Juneau for the events last week. It was a delight to hear both verses sung by the Alaska Youth Choir at the opening session of the House of Representatives and at the Alaska Flag Exhibit in the State Museum. Thoughts of my mother, who wrote the second verse, were going through my mind because I knew she would have been very happy to hear children singing both verses.
I hope all Alaskans will soon have the experience not only of hearing the second verse but also of singing it during important events in their lives. Like any second, third, or fourth verse to a song, it is an addition, not a change. It emphasizes growth and strength in unity, envisioned by young Benny Benson with his flag design.