The annual Memorial Day celebration will take place Monday at the Veterans Wall of Honor, with a few changes in face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event takes place at 1 p.m., and there will be bleacher seating available for people since the governor's announcement of a complete reopening of the state. Originally, organizers were going to have everyone remain in their vehicles and broadcast the ceremony over FM radio, and that still is being offered and encouraged to promote social distancing. Dignitaries will be seated and participate in the ceremony.
A longtime tradition is the placing of wreaths and flowers at the memorial, and this year, organizers are asking people to place them on the hood of their vehicles, and event organizers will then place them at the memorial for them.
The Veterans Wall of Honor was originally located on a piece of property near Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. After the property was sold three times, the Wall faced an uncertain future. In 2018, it was relocated to the old Iditarod Elementary property on Wasilla Fishhook Road, just north of Wasilla, which will be the new headquarters for the Wasilla Police Department as well.
The Veterans Wall of Honor is a monument dedicated to Alaska's veterans, both living and dead. Names of those who have served are etched in the granite panels, representing every branch of the military. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, celebrations are held there to honor those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.