Memorial Day came and went a month ago. It was celebrated with picnics, barbeques, and furniture store sales. But for some, Memorial Day is all about honoring and remembering the servicemen and women who have given their all for the freedoms we all so very cherish.

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Gold Star Standing

I am a Gold Star Widow. My husband was a SSGT who was stationed on JBER at the time of his death eight years ago. I miss him every day. I carry him with me through my mundane daily tasks and my grandest adventures. When I see something grandiose, and awe-inspiring, my inner voice quietly whispers “Did you see that, T?”Recently, someone else has been doing things to keep the memories alive. Every Gold Star family member has their own ways to remember loved ones. Some quietly, some publicly, and some go far beyond. In the case of Kirk Alkire, it was going big. Kirk’s passion, dedication, drive, and persistence have officially paid off in one of the biggest ways possible.A previously unnamed peak in the Chugach Mountains beside Mount POW/MIA is now Gold Star Peak. What an accomplishment.

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Unanimous Approval: Gold Star Peak

In early February 2018, Eagle River’s Kirk Alkire travelled to Washington D.C. to seek approval by the Domestic Names Committee (DNC) of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names on the naming of “Gold Star Peak” in the Chugach Mountains. His hard work paid off on February 8th when his proposal received a unanimous vote. Gold Star Peak is no longer just Alkire’s passion. It’s a place.

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Gold Star Peak proposal gets nod from the state, moves on to federal government

In early December, a peak in the Chugach Range between Eagle River and Palmer overlooking the Knik River moved one step closer to receiving the name, Gold Star Peak with official approval by the Board of Alaska Geographic Names, Alaska Historical Commission; part of the Department of Natural Resources. The peak will be named to honor and salute families of soldiers who have died during military service.

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Open letter in support of Gold Star Peak

Commissioner Mack, I am grateful to have an opportunity to lend my support for U.S. Army First Sergeant (retired) Kirk Alkire’s proposal to name Gold Star Peak in the Chugach Mountains, as outlined in his application to the Alaska Historical Commission. I am a lifetime resident of Alaska, having arrived in Seward in 1946. I am a member of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska, a member of the Chugach State Park Citizen’s Advisory Board; as well as an avid hiker, climber and outdoorsman. My brother-in-law (deceased) Clyde “Skeet” Munn, was a decorated serviceman of the U.S. Navy...

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Why Move Mountains for Gold Star Families?

Gold stars start as blue. The service flag, or blue star banner, is displayed by families of service members. When you see this banner or flag, know that each blue star represents an immediate family member who is serving in the Armed Forces. The blue stars represent hope and pride.

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Moving Mountains for Gold Star Families: The naming of Gold Star Peak

Eagle River’s Kirk Alkire, now retired after 23 years of service with the U.S. Army, has embarked upon a new mission: naming a nearby mountain Gold Star Peak to honor families of Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Alkire served in the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division from Fort Richardson, which lost 53 paratroopers during its 15-month deployment to Iraq during the 2007 “Surge.” Four of those 53 heroes were assigned to the unit in which Alkire was First Sergeant.

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