If you want to honor Alaska's veterans today, consider this: the renovated Anchorage Veterans Memorial will be rededicated in a ceremony this morning at the Delaney Park Strip. Details on our blog post.

Veterans Memorial Panels with flag May 2014

Join us for the rededication of the Anchorage Veterans Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip this morning. The ceremony, 9:30 to 11 am, will honor 184 fallen Alaskans. The memorial is between 9th and 10th avenues and I and L streets. Rasmuson Foundation is proud to have supported the renovation project, which includes two new pieces, large art panels designed and created by Alaska artists Jim Dault and Shala Dobson. The Anchorage Park Foundation partnered with the Veterans Committee to raise funds to revitalize the memorial.

The essential theme and physical attributes of the present memorial remain intact:  A quiet, reflective setting surrounding the flagpole, which contains bronze panels honoring Alaskans lost in war, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The World War II soldier remains, as does the monument to Purple Heart recipients.  Another new feature, in addition to the two sculptured screen panels, is the iconic fallen warrior statue – boots, rifle and helmet.

Mary Louise Rasmuson served as Honorary Chair for the Veterans Memorial Committee. The project was managed by committee Chair Tim Benintendi. He also chaired the original Blue Ribbon Task Force assembled to develop the conceptual design and fundraising plan.

In addition to Rasmuson Foundation, major funders for the $1.5 million project included Mary Louise Rasmuson, the Atwood Foundation, Municipality of Anchorage, State of Alaska, and Alaska USA FCU. Veterans’ groups, business and industry, labor organizations, fraternal groups, local foundations, and other institutions and individuals also contributed.