Officers' remains to stop in Juneau before trip to Hoonah

Posted: Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The remains of the two Hoonah police officers shot and killed Aug. 28 will spend today in Juneau before beginning a trip to Hoonah on Wednesday, states a release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

A police vigil will watch over the remains of Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka today at the Alaska National Guard hangar before the remains will be placed on a ferry to Hoonah on Wednesday, the release states.

The U.S. Honor Flag will accompany the remains from Anchorage to Juneau, and again to Hoonah. The flag will fly over the Capitol building today. The time of the flag's appearance at the Capitol has not been determined as of press time.

The flag is in Alaska to honor Wallace and Tokuoka, along with the former Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Customs Agent Charles Collins.

The final procession to the memorial service begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoonah Ferry Terminal. The memorial will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Hoonah Junior/Senior High School's new gymnasium. Gov. Sean Parnell and Hoonah Police Chief John Millan are expected to speak, along with Wallace and Tokuoka's friends and family members, according to the program for the service. The service is expected to last two hours.

There is no availability remaining on the ferry going to Hoonah from Juneau on Wednesday, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System's website. A catamaran is still taking reservations to go to Hoonah on Wednesday. The catamaran cost is $40. Anyone interested in sailing on the catamaran should contact Carolyn Noe at 364-5250 by 2 p.m. today. Wings of Alaska also has four flights to Hoonah on Wednesday that will arrive in time to attend the procession and service, according to its website, www.wingsofalaska.com. Wings of Alaska can also be contacted at 789-0790.

The service will also be broadcast on NBC affiliates KATH in Southeast. The broadcast will be available over the air, as well as to GCI Cable, Dish Network and DirecTV subscribers.



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