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.