Begich Remembers Pearl Harbor Day
In remembrance of the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement:
"I ask Alaskans to join me in remembering the sacrifices made by the veterans of World War II, who served so honorably, with distinction and little fanfare. Included in our remembrance are those who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, who deserve our special recognition."
In response to Pearl Harbor, Japanese threats to the U.S. west coast and the Aleutian Islands, the U.S. and Canada began construction of Alaska Canadian Military Highway, known as the Alcan, in 1942
"The thousands of men in the seven Army regiments who built the Alcan are deserving of special tribute," said Begich. "Many of the hardships they endured went untold for years. Yet their efforts were vital to the security of the U.S. And, the exemplary efforts of the three black Regiments helped pave the way for the integration of the Army.
"This holiday season, let's remember all of our veterans, our military men and women still serving, and the families who sacrifice with them."