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Old 05-24-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Stopped by the Alaska Veteran's Memorial on the way to Fairbanks this last weekend. I stop there almost every time I go by to pay my respects to friends of time gone and others who gave everything for the rest of us.

This next weekend is Memorial Day, the place will be packed with a lot of people coming there for the weekend activities. The place goes from a spot in the wilderness to mass people, then nothing the next day again.

This time I was there, I took a video of the place and of Mt. McKinley which was out in all it's glory. So am posting the video for the upcoming Weekend.

Hope some of you will get a chance to make it there for the weekend.


YouTube - Alaska Vet Memorial.MP4
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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That's very nice looking, where is it? Sure is pretty in Fairbanks!
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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It is located at mile post 147 of the Parks Highway, just about less than halfway to Fairbanks, still on the south side of the Alaska Range. The mileage to Fairbanks from Anchorage is 350+- miles depending on where you are going.

Really neat day trip if you have the time!
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Hmm I will be heading that way this weekend.....
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:34 AM
 
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I was there in '06 and had a great time.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I was there in '06 and had a great time.
First opened up in the early 80's sometime. I was driving past it and saw the little sign that pointed the place out in 1985 so stopped and was in awe of the place and have stopped there hundreds of times since! Very rarely is there more than a few people there at best, so I kinda have the quiet to myself for a bit!
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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I stop every time I go by (which isn't very often as I don't like to go to Anchorage.)
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Is there any story behind the location of that veterans memorial? I mean, it is kinda in the middle of nowhere... Pretty spot though, maybe that's all there is to it.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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Is there any story behind the location of that veterans memorial? I mean, it is kinda in the middle of nowhere... Pretty spot though, maybe that's all there is to it.
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At Mile 147.2 of the Parks Highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks is a memorial that is beautifully designed to complement its setting, which is itself an important part of the memorial's statement.
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A statue of two members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG), carved by Canadian sculptor George Pratt, stands at the entrance to the memorial. One of the significant features of the memorial is unfortunately often missed by visitors. Although Denali (Mt. McKinley) is often shrouded in clouds, the binoculars of one of the ATG members is trained on the 20,320-foot mountain, which is only 35 miles away at that point.
The Alaska Veterans Memorial - ExploreNorth
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Good post Moose! Have to rep more to give you some, so will owe you one!
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