FAIRBANKS - A Territorial Guard statue unveiled in Fairbanks is one of eight that will be displayed around Alaska.
Members of the Alaska Native Veterans Association unveiled the 5-foot, 6-inch tall statue Wednesday in a storage area. In the spring it will be officially installed at Veterans Memorial Park.
The association won $100,200 in funding from the Legislature for the project to remind Alaskans about the guard, also known as the Eskimo Scouts. About 6,500 Alaska Natives guarded Alaska's west coast from the Japanese during World War II.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the identical statues will be displayed in Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau, Kotzebue, Nenana, Nome and Point Barrow.