The 70th anniversary of the World War II military campaign in the Aleutians will be the focus of a Veterans Day program, presented by Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the event includes a reception, a photographic exhibit on the war at Kiska, and three presentations:
• Michael Hawfield, KBC history professor, will speak on the Aleutian campaign;
• U.S. Army Retired Colonel John Cloe, a military historian and author of “The Aleutian Warriors,” will describe visits to the war sites;
• Poppy Benson will explain the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s efforts to protect the war landscapes and resources as part of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
For more information, call 235-7743.
Local veterans organizations also are holding events on Monday:
• American Legion Post 16
11 a.m.: Parade, begins at the intersection of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue, continues along Pioneer to Main Street, down Main Street to the Sterling Highway, along Sterling Highway to the Veterans Memorial at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
• American Legion Post 18, Ninilchik
11 a.m.: Ceremony at Ninilchik Legion cemetery; community is welcome.