Residents of the Kenai Peninsula took time yesterday, to remember the true reason for Memorial Day.
Local veteran’s organizations from both Kenai and Soldotna organized the services to honor those who’d given the ultimate sacrifice to their country.
Services began around 11am at the Kenai City Cemetery’s Avenue of Flags, and then the services moved to Kenai’s Leif Hansen Memorial Park.
Retired Col. Robert Doehl, who currently works as a special assistant for military and veterans affairs in U.S. Senator Mark Begich’s office, gave the keynote address yesterday, touching on the sacrifice made by service members throughout the generations.
The services were well attended, and included the traditional 21-gun salute.
Services were also held across the state, and Governor Sean Parnell, also commented on the importance of the day…
Gov. Parnell: “Memorial Day is a moment to reflect on the men and women in uniform who have given the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can enjoy freedom. Among those freedoms – the right to bear arms, the right to speak up, and the right to worship. Many people around the world do not know this measure of freedom. So let’s remember the fallen warriors who, throughout America’s history, gave that last full measure to secure these freedoms. And remember their families. They too share in that sacrifice.”