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Groundbreaking for Alaska Veterans Village


WHEN:  Saturday, April 27, 2013, 3:25 PM - 6:30 PM


Soboleff/McRae Veterans Village site

Second Avenue and Dalton Street

Haines, Alaska  99827

WHAT:  Haines Assisted Living, Inc. (HAL) will break ground on the Soboleff/McRae Veterans Village, a new facility that will feature 11 income-adjusted apartment spaces for veterans and 10,000 square feet of office space for non-profit organizations that provide assistance to veterans and elders. The project is named for Tlingit elder and retired Alaska Army National Guard chaplain Dr. Walter Soboleff and Sergeant Major Howard McRae, who served in Special Forces in the Vietnam War and in the Honor Guard for John F. Kennedy in the Capitol Rotunda and during his funeral procession.

Schedule of Events

3:25 PM - Cannon firing at Fort Seward by Haines veteran Jim Shook

3:30 PM - Dedication and groundbreaking ceremony includes Color Guard by U.S. Army Honor Squad, traditional blessing by Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Dancers, introduction of guests by HAL Board President Jim Studley and words from Chairman of Governor's Veterans' Advisory Committee Joe Fields

4:00 PM - Celebration dinner at  American Legion.  Speakers include American Legion Post 12 Commander Mike Case, Bill Thomas of Haines, adjutant general and Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Commissioner Brigadier General Thomas Katkus and Director of DMVA for the State of Alaska Verdie Bowen.


Verdie Bowen:  Director, Alaska DMVA

Brig. Gen. Thomas Katkus:  Commissioner, Alaska DMVA

Bill Thomas:  Master of Ceremonies

Joe Fields:  Governor's Alaska Veterans Advisory Committee

Lucy Gifford:  Veterans Service Officer, Vietnam Veterans of America

Jean Clayton:  Sister to Howard McRae

Dan Austin:  General Manager, Haines Assisted Living, Inc. 

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