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Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo
Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo – Anchorage Opera proudly presents the Alaska premiere of this powerful contemporary opera honoring those who serve in our military. Based on a book of the same name, with a foreword written by Senator John McCain, the opera relates the poignant story of Colonel Jim Thompson, America’s longest-held POW (1964-1973), the wrenching agonies faced by his family, and the larger story of a nation divided during the Vietnam era. After being a prisoner for almost a decade, Thompson returns home to find a son he has never met, a wife that has moved on, a nation that has changed beyond recognition, and he struggles to find his bearings in a society he fought to defend. We are proud to bring this socially relevant and important work to our community, so that we may all gain a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who serve in our armed forces.
February 10 8:00 PM – Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
February 12 4:00 PM – Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
February 16 8:00 PM – Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
February 18 8:00 PM – Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
Event to be held 12/10/16
Wings of Freedom, Alaska Flying Museum
An Evening of Dinner, Drinks and Dancing
$40 per person, $800 for a table of 10
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Attack on Pearl Harbor, 75th Commemoration and Gala
Col Hunt Memorial CAF Alaska Wing Pearl Harbor O-Club Party
Come join us to celebrate like the officers at the O-Club the night before the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor - the night before the world changed forever - thus marking the beginning of the Second World War and the imminent invasion of Alaska.
Lets gather to support the @CAF_Alaska living history mission as we seek to honor our veterans and educate our future generations through the maintenance, upkeep, and preservation of these 70 year old flying machines. As an all volunteer organization, we maintain and fly these amazing historical aircraft through the generous donations of our friends and neighbors.
In a world where we sometimes forget what peacetime feels like, lets party like its December 6th, 1941 at the Wings of Freedom Hangar turned Hickam Officer's Club for a night of dancing, fun, and fundraising. This vintage Hawaiian themed event will not be exclusively for entertainment we will also be heavily focused on our educational mission by highlighting the historical significance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Aleutian Campaign.
As 2017 also marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of the United States of America and the Aleutian Island Campaign, the Col Hunt Memorial CAF Alaska Wing is making it our primary mission for 2017 to support the commemoration of the brave Americans, Canadians, and Alaskans who fought to repel foreign invaders from sovereign American soil. Let us not forget their sacrifices of our countrymen, allies, and Alaskans from 75 years ago to today.
Please join us for an evening of celebration, fun, and fundraising!
We will be celebrating our successes, having fun, and raising funds for our new endeavors.
Bring your appetite and your check book!
Due to lack of interest in participation, we have postponed the fundraising shoot that was scheduled for 25 September, 2016.
We hope to reschedule a spring or summer date and will let you know.
Thank you to all our volunteers.
September 25th, 2016
Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Range
Pistol, Rifle & Shotgun Shooters, 12&up
Pre-register online and save $5.00! Details and register here:
AVM Fundraising Shoot
Thank you everyone for being so patient with me organizing this new event for the AVM. Putting everything together took lots of help! Thank you to Dale at Birchwood for leading me through this process.
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Dear friends, we are asking that this year you cast your vote for Valor Corp. They are a non-profit serving our community by building housing, transitional housing, and access to homes for disabled veterans. They are doing great things, and they need money to build. Please check out their site,
Please vote here before AUGUST 1st at Midnight - for VALOR CORP!!
More on Valor and Operation: Homes for Heroes
Alaska Veterans Museum Dedicates First-Ever Memorial to the USS WORDEN DD-352 and her 14 sailors lost at Amchitka.
Thursday 21 July at 2 PM
This valiant four battle star decorated ship landed an advance party of Alaska Scouts on 11 Jan 1943 and then guarded transports off-loading the other 2,100 soldiers on 12 Jan. When exiting the harbor she was swept by a storm and very strong currents onto a pinnacle rock which ripped her hull under an engine room. A sister destroyer USS Dewey DD-349 passed her a line which soon parted in rough seas. USS Dewey was able to save most of the sailors but 14 were lost when the USS Worden drifted onto the rocks, broached, was torn in half and lost.
The loss of this gallant ship and 14 of her crew has never been memorialized. Mr. Pete Fineo, a retired US Fish and Wildlife employee from Homer, started this effort many years ago but could not gain traction. Pete approached the Alaska Veterans Museum because he knew they had funded and placed a permanent memorial to the Attu Villagers. AVM said yes we'd take it on, and partnered with private donors to fund it. Special thanks to Pete Fineo, Pat Garley, of Arctic Fires Bronzeworks, for giving the museum the work at his cost and also paying its shipping, and to Bob Sherrill for building the reinforced stand.
Come be a part of history and help Alaska commemorate their service and sacrifice on our behalf. The museum is at 333 W 4th Ave, Suite 227 in the blue Market Place at the corner of 4th Ave and D St, right behind the Alaska Territorial Guard statue on the sidewalk. Free admission for this event.
Ceremony will be held at Ward Realty: 11610 Old Seward Highway
10:00am Saturday 30 July
Please join Alaska's Congressional Delegation, the Alaska Veterans Museum, the Alaska Native Veteran Council, and Jerry Isaac, Co-Chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives in honoring USMC Private First Class Kermit Harold LaBelle, Junior, of Fairbanks, killed in action 28 July 1967 in Vietnam.
Two shadow boxes of PFC LaBelle's medals and patches and a flag flown over the Unites States Capitol will be presented to Kermit's family. Mr. Isaacs will also perform a specially created drumming song to honor Alaska Native Veterans.
The ceremony, complete with four US Marines in dress blues, will be held at Ward Realty, 12020 Old Seward Highway at 10 AM. Come honor this Marine's ultimate sacrifice for our nation and state.