Governor Sean Parnell today honored our nation's military including the Alaska Territorial Guard during a Memorial Day ceremony in Dillingham. The governor was joined by Major General Tom Katkus, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard.
"On this Memorial Day, Alaskans come together to honor those who have fought and died in defense of our freedom -- America's fallen warriors," Governor Parnell said. "We also pay tribute and remember the families they left behind.
"As we reflect on the service of our nation's military, we also remember the remarkable contributions made by the Alaska Territorial Guard. I personally want to thank all Guard members for your service. Your history is Alaska's history.
"So today, we honor not only those here who served, but families whose parents and grandparents served. It was never about recognition or medals. It was never about personal glory. It wasn't even about pay -- and we know there wasn't any for Alaska Territorial Guard members. It was self-sacrifice. It was service. And these patriots: They stand tall in history, never to be forgotten. Always to be honored. On behalf of all Alaskans, we are deeply thankful."