ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Sunday, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Dutch Harbor - then the first hostile action of World World II on Alaska soil - Alaska flags fly at half-staff to commemorate the bombing of the town by Japan in 1942.
The order is part of Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day, now recognized every year on the anniversary of the attack and honoring the military personnel who served and died defending the United States of the America, as well as the Aleut people who died while imprisoned and relocated as a result of the war.
“During World War II, my father served on the Aleutian Islands with Castner’s Cutthroats in the Alaska Scouts; I heard many stories about the brave soldiers who served beside him,” Gov. Walker said in a release Sunday. “Today, I encourage all Alaskans to honor the men and women who died during the attack on Dutch harbor, and the inhabitants of Attu and Kiska, who fell into enemy hands.”
Walker also signed an executive proclamation specifically recognizing the 76th anniversary of the attack and declaring June 3 Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day in Alaska.
Flags at half-staff throughout Sunday, in honor of Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day, should return to full-staff at sunset on Sunday.