Ceremonies honor vets Monday

Morning events followed by chili lunch; new stamps offered

Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2000

Two ceremonies in Juneau will celebrate Memorial Day.

The American Legion Auke Bay Post No. 25 will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Alaska Memorial Park off Riverside Drive. American Legion Commander Jim Pisa will speak at the ceremony, which will include posting the colors, placing wreaths at the flagpole and playing taps.

``It's to recognize the men and women who have served their country and died for their country,'' Pisa said.

Also at 11 a.m. Monday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Taku Post No. 5559 will hold a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery downtown. Rear Adm. Thomas Barrett, Alaska commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, will speak.

A free chili lunch will be held after the ceremonies at the VFW post on First Street.

The Postal Service on Friday celebrated four new stamps called Distinguished Soldiers at the Federal Building in Juneau.

The stamps show Gen. Omar Bradley, who commanded the First Army in the Normandy invasion in World War II; Gen. John Hines, decorated in World War I; Lt. Audie Murphy, the most decorated combat soldier in World War II; and Sgt. Alvin York, who won the Medal of Honor in World War I.

Twenty percent of the Postal Service's employees in Juneau are veterans, and their names were read at the ceremony, said Sandi Hicks, manager of customer services at the Federal Building postal station.

The stamps are available locally in sheet form. People who want a first day of issue stamp can still get them from the Pentagon post office. Information on how to do that is available at local post offices.

Most schools and government offices will be closed Monday for the holiday.

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