Memorial Day presents multiple event options

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the word “sailors.”

Those looking to celebrate members of the military on Memorial Day will have several places to turn Monday.

In accordance with a time-honored tradition, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Amvet organizations will combine forces and resources to provide activities in the central Kenai Peninsula.

The Avenue of Flags will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Kenai City Cemetery, followed by a memorial service beginning at noon at the Leif Hansen Memorial Park. For those in Soldotna, there will be a tribute to fallen soldiers and sailors at 2 p.m. at the Community Memorial Park. The American Legion will also host and open house following other Memorial Day activities.

“It’s an honor to be able to do this every year,” said VFW Post Commander Anne Toutant.

Toutant said the turnout to these events each year is generally good and the community really enjoys that they are provided.

Jim Pound, Amvets post commander, said the organization coming together with the VFW and American Legion to put on Memorial Day activities makes sense in terms of combining manpower and resources.

“It’s one of those things where we all have a common goal which is to support our veteran community,” Pound said.

Attendance at Memorial Day events has reached up to 200 in the past, he said. With any luck — and some good weather — Pound said he is hopeful for a similar showing this year.

While tradition is the main tenant of the day, veterans from Wasilla and Anchorage will bring a little something new to this year’s celebration, Pound said.

The veterans are traveling down and bringing motorcycles with them in order to do a presentation as part of the color guard, Pound said.

Pound said it is important for area residents to be able to celebrate Memorial Day with events that honor veterans in addition to enjoying the long weekend with their families.

“That’s what Memorial Day us about. It’s certainly not about sales or anything else,” Pound said. “It’s a day to stop and remember, even if it’s just for a minute, to remember why you’re not at work today.”


Reach Megan Pacer at

More in News

A studded tire is attached to a very cool car in the parking lot of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Studded tire removal deadline extended

A 15-day extension was issued via emergency order for communities above the 60 degrees latitude line

A sign for Peninsula Community Health Services stands outside their facility in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
PCHS to pursue Nikiski expansion, moves to meet other community needs

PCHS is a private, nonprofit organization that provides access to health care to anyone in the community

Jordan Chilson votes in favor of an ordinance he sponsored seeking equitable access to baby changing tables during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna OKs ordinance seeking to increase access to baby changing tables

The ordinance requires all newly constructed or renovated city-owned and operated facilities to include changing tables installed in both men’s and women’s restrooms

Joel Caldwell shows off the new Tecnam Traveller on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. Kenai Aviation has since added two more Tecnam Travellers to its fleet. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Aviation adds 3rd plane to commuter service, readies for busy summer schedule

Kenai Aviation plans to increase its schedule to include 18 flights a day running seven days a week

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
Kelley Cizek, right, speaks as Jason Tauriainen, Patti Truesdell and Penny Vadla listen during a special meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s school board in Soldotna on Monday.
‘They deserve better than this’

School board passes budget with broad swath of cuts, including pools, theaters and some support staff

The Alaska State Capitol on Friday, March 1, 2024, in Juneau, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska House passes budget with roughly $2,275 payments to residents, bill goes to Senate

The bill also includes a roughly $175 million, one-time increase in aid to school districts that would be paid according to a funding formula

The Kenai River flows near Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The Riverfront Redevelopment project will impact much of Soldotna’s riverside areas downstream to the bridge. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna riverfront redevelopment planning moves forward

Soldotna City Council on Monday unanimously approved the creation of a project manager to shepherd the Riverfront Redevelopment Project

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
Corey Cannon, who plays baseball as part of Soldotna Little League, speaks to the Soldotna City Council during their meeting in Soldotna on Wednesday.
Soldotna Little League receives donation for facility repairs

The city owns the fields, but the Little League leases the land and is responsible for the maintenance of the facilities

Aleutian Airways logo. Photo courtesy of Aleutian Airways
Aleutian airways to halt Homer service during runway project

Service will be suspended beginning April 15

Most Read