Thanks for helping to honor Elizabeth Peratrovich

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

We thank very much all those who participated in honoring Elizabeth's Peratrovich's Civil Rights leadership by helping with and attending her grave site Memorial Day Honors Service at Evergreen Cemetery. We thank the Empire for providing publicity before the event and Terry Hinkley, City and Bureau Parks and Recreation Cemetery Supervisor for preparing the area.

We thank Dr. Walter Soboleff for the opening prayers, Selena Everson, Grand Camp Executive Committee for saying the Lords Prayer in Tlingit, and Patricia Lee Weokuluk, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 Youth Member for placing the wreath on Elizabeth's and Roy Peratrovichs' graves.

Words of inspiration and encouragement to follow in Elizabeth's footsteps and be inspired and brave about testifying for human rights for all Americans were provided by Senator Dennis Egan, Juneau Douglas Mayor Bruce Botelho, Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand President Micalyne Kunz McGhee, Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Vice President Ray Dennis, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 President Freda Weastman, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2 Vice President Edward Kunz, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 President Dorothy Owen, and Ray Dennis' uncle Roy Dennis. Thank you all for your words of wisdom and history so eloquently spoken. We all thank the Tlingit/Haida cultural teacher Kitty Eddy for bringing her students to sing the song written for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, and Percy Kunz and Carol Trebian, for their closing hymn. We thank the League of Women Voters, KTOO Radio, Marie Olson, Ethel Lund, the public and members of the ANS and ANB who participate and to many who brought flowers and to all who attended the Honors Service.

Sincerely, the Planning Committee:

Selena Everson, ANS Grand Camp Executive

Micalyne Kunz, ANS Grand Camp President

Freda Westman, Camp 70 President

Dorothy Owen, ANS Camp 2 President

Connie Munro, ANS Camp 2 Member

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