Veterans Day and Alaska Round Up

Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate those in my family who have served. AK Dad’s father, who served aboard U.S. Navy submarines in WWII and spent a career under the sea; my great aunt, who “borrowed” an older sister’s birth certificate to enlist in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps after Pearl Harbor, and was one of the first Americans to venture through the dark gates of Dachau outside Munich, Germany. Alaska is home to the highest per capita number of veterans. We salute the men and women, and their families, who faithfully continue to serve our country.

While Veterans Day is not a school holiday in Alaska, there is still plenty of time after school hours to deliver a bit a lesson in remembrance to kids. The Alaska Veterans Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with FREE admission and hourly presentations by veterans. The museum is located on 4th Avenue, in the blue building next to Sunshine Mall, and is an excellent place for grade schoolers on up. This is a museum built on sweat equity, tears, and lots of love, so visit and tell director SueEllyn Novak I sent you.

The Alaska Zoo is offering 50% off admission prices for veterans on Monday. With the weather changing and animals putting on their winter outfits, this is a great time to explore the grounds during a quiet weekday.

Fort Abercrombie in Kodiak.

Alaska has a wide range of monuments, memorials, and museums dedicated to our service men and women. Which ones are in your town?

Round Up

It’s hard to believe we’re already in mid-November, and if you missed our debut on KSKA’s Outdoor Explorer program, give it a listen and catch up to the great family-friendly events in Alaska. We’ll be broadcasting our next Family Outdoor Calendar segment on Thursday, December 5 during the program’s mid-show break. Thanks for listening!

Don’t forget to grab tickets for the Alaska Zoo’s famous ZooLights, beginning November 29, 2013. It’s a hot way to see the zoo on a cold night, and the displays just keep getting more dramatic, every year! Find tickets HERE.

Who could forget Wish Kid Hannah and her Iditarod run last year? Support Make-A-Wish!

Finally, BIG NEWS from our friends at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, SteamDot Coffee, and AKontheGO: We’re hosting a forest! Yes indeed, our Travel Trees will be up and twinkling for the sake of Wish Kids in Alaska, beginning on Friday, November 29, 2013. Trees and travel – what fun!

What do you have to do? Remember last spring when I said 85% of Alaska wishes involve travel? Each Wish Kid receives a backpack of goodies to take along for the journey to and from a wish; sometimes, these wishes are far away, and as a proponent of happy family traveling, we know The Backpack is an important attribute, indeed.

So – YOU get to fill those backpacks. Small toys, iTunes gift cards, small blankets, coloring books, DVDs, stuffed animals; whatever moves your heart. Grab a tag from a tree at either the Benson or O’Malley Steam Dot locations between November 29 and December 15, go shopping, and return the gifts to the tree from whence the tag came. That’s it! It’s SO easy, and such a powerful way to help Wish Kids and their families. Huge thanks to SteamDot Coffee  for agreeing to be our host company, and an even bigger hug to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington for continuing to let us play with them. We love kids, travel, and wishes!

Will you help? Contact us for more information, especially if your group or class would like to contribute. We love our Alaska community, and the more the merrier!  togoak@gmail.com.

Have a blessed week.

~EK

 

 

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