Veterans Wall of Honor

Mark Jacobi, Ken Clark, Matt Larson, Jimmy Griffith, David Gratwohl, Hannah Murkin, David W. Webster and Patrick B. Smith gave 21-gun salutes at both the cemetery and the Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor during the 2019 Memorial Day ceremony. 

WASILLA — Amvets Post 9 is hosting the 2020 Memorial Day event at the Veterans Wall of Honor in downtown Wasilla to honor military personal who died serving their country.

“Just know those are the people that served under our flag,” Post 9 Commander Scott Montagne said.

The mayors of Palmer, Wasilla, Houston and the Mat-Su Borough will be present for the ceremony, joined by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and other local leaders. They’ll share their respective proclamations after the presentation of wreaths.

The annual ceremony will continue as planned, not letting the surrounding COVID-19 deter the overall mission.

Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle said it’s important to retain these annual reminders that asks everyone to take a moment to recognize those who’ve served.

“We owe it to our veterans, so we’re gonna be there,” Cottle said.

Big Cabbage Radio is going to broadcast the entire ceremony over the radio at station 89.7. Sutton listeners can tune into 89.5 and those in Glacier View can turn to 91.5

AMVETS Post 9 is hosting this year’s event. Montagne said it passes hands to local groups across the Valley each year. He said he joined a few years ago and stuck with them ever since.

“We’re a veteran service organization. We take care of the veterans in the Valley... We do a lot... That’s what drew me towards it,” Montagne said.

Local veteran chapters like the American legion and VFW always make an appearance at the Memorial Day event. American Legion Post 35 will be handing out poppies at the event.

“Having that support and camaraderie... It’s very heartwarming,” Montagne said.

Montagne wants the public to know all veterans are eligible to get their name on the wall, and if they want to place someone’s name there, to contact a local veterans organization for guidance.

“They fought for our freedom… They’ve done what America stands for,” Montagne said. “They are the forefront of keeping our freedoms the way they are.”

The Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Wall of Honor ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Monday, May 25.

The wall is located near Iditarod Elementary School off Fishhook Road.

For more information, call 907-376-2999 or visit amvets.org.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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