Anchorage officials are accepting donations of Alaska art and keepsakes to travel around the world with the USS Anchorage, named after the state’s largest city.
Lindsey Whitt, communications director for the Municipality of Anchorage, says two moose racks have been donated to the ship, including one close to trophy size donated by a Marine.
According to Whitt, when someone makes a donation to the ship, their name will then be entered into the National Archives. The donor's family will receive their gift back when the ship is decommissioned, after an estimated service life of about 40 years.
“One goal is that we fill the ship with artwork and gifts that remind the sailors who are serving on the USS Anchorage what home is like here,” Whitt said.
Donations can be dropped off at City Hall -- or picked up from donors' homes by emailing the USS Anchorage Commissioning Committee to arrange a pickup -- from now until May 6, 2013, when the ship will leave town after being commissioned at the Port of Anchorage on May 4.
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