Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Alaska - Siberia WWII Memorial

“I believe, in the future, he who holds Alaska will hold the world and I think it is the most strategic place in the world.�
Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell

Yuri Ushakov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation spoke of the significance of Alaska's role in the lend lease program.

Governor Murkowski, Legislators, and Mayors looking on at the dedication ceremony.

L to R: Unknown Russian Dignitary, Karen Matthias (Consulate of Cananda), Yuri Ushakov (Ambassador of the Russian Federation), Governor of Alaka, Frank Murkowski, John Binkley, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor - Jim Whitaker, City of Fairbanks Mayor - Steve Thompson laying the ceremonial stones at the memorial site in the Golden Heart Plaza.

During WW II Alaska played a crucial role in the allied victory. Over 8,000 U.S. warplanes were delivered to Russia through Alaska between 1942 and 1945. Fairbanks was chosen as the site that the planes were handed over to Russian pilots. The Memorial site will be in the Golden Heart Plaza and was dedicated on August 19th. For more information go to: