A journalist observes life in the far north.
I loved my trip to the Midwest, but I missed a few things while I was gone. It was a bummer to miss Solstice. Alec went to an epic wedding in which the bride showed up in a helicopter, surprising even the groom.
I was especially disappointed to miss the dedication of the Army’s War Memorial in Fairbanks. I was in the air between Chicago and Seattle desperately trying to entertain an eight-month old baby when the Army unveiled the monument Wednesday afternoon, before about 2,000 people, according to Alec. Here’s the News-Miner story on the event.
Building the memorial was one of Alec’s bigger projects and something he had been working on since last year. Seen in the above photo with Alec is Col. Mike Shields, who led Fort Wainwright’s Stryker Bridage during a combat tour that ended a year and a half ago.
The Brigade returns to duty in Iraq later this year. Alec said plans are underway to build the memorial for that combat tour.
Don, Al’s dad, was able to attend the service and shot these pictures.
The couple renting from me starting in July are both Army. The wife is pregnant, and the husband leaves for war about a month after the baby’s birth. Both look to be in their early 20s, just starting out in life. I hope nothing happens to derail them. They are a sweet couple who received a glowing recommendation from their last landlord.