The Commemorative Air Force prepares for ride in honor of 75th anniversary of attack on Dutch Harbor

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) An event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor was held at Merrill Field on Saturday.

The Colonel Hunt Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hosted the event, showcasing war birds that flew during WWII.

It was also a chance for some to experience riding in WWII planes.

The gathering comes ahead of Memorial Day, when the nonprofit plans to travel to Dutch Harbor in honor of the anniversary.

The group will fly next week along with some veterans in two planes.

Spencer Wilson, the director and president of the Commemorative Air Force Alaska Wing said the nonprofit is aiming to keep history alive.

"The goal is to bring attention to something, which I think is very important for Alaskans and really the nation at large for remembering what happened 75 years ago during WWII," Wilson said. "You know, the war is kind of separate from a lot of people's minds and people don't realize that we had a pretty intricate role in that war and that battle."

Colonel Howard "Mike" Hunt, was an army pilot during the war had an opportunity to ride in a "Goose" war bird on Saturday.

"The reason we enjoy all this freedom is because of all the guys that have given their all, their everything for this day, this is Memorial Day and that's what we're honoring is those guys," Hunt said.

Hunt donated one of the planes, a Yellow Harvard, that will fly to Dutch Harbor next week.

The Commemorative Air Force will depart either on Monday or Tuesday, weather depending.

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