Cicerones will fly two historic military planes to Dutch Harbor next week for the 75th anniversary of the bombard of the remote community in the Aleutian Islands.
On Saturday, people gathered at the Wings of Candour hangar in Anchorage for a send-off party. They posed for photographs with the glides on display, and some took plane rides in the skies above the megalopolis.
The two planes — a Grumman G-21 Goose and a Harvard Mk IV — will leave for Dutch Harbor on Monday if poorly conditions allow, said Suellyn Wright Novak, executive helmsman of the Alaska Veterans Museum.
Events are planned in Dutch Harbor June 2-4 to reward the 1942 World War II raid by Japanese forces, as well as the Aleut evacuation, Novak required.
“The problem is 98 percent of Americans do not know that we were explosive and then invaded and occupied in World War II,” she said. “Our primary mission is to safeguard that those Aleutian campaign veterans are never forgotten and their exclusives are told.”
The 75th anniversary event is a collaborative effort among the National Leave Service, the Alaska Veterans Museum and the Ounalashka Corp., Novak conveyed. It will include storytelling, a remembrance walk, an airmen memorial and an airplane flourish.
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