Alaska-Siberia War Memorial gets boost

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to build a memorial to recognize the cooperative efforts between Russia and the United States during World War II has received a half-million dollar boost.

The money comes in the form of an appropriation from the U.S. Congress and will allow work on the project to continue, said Alaska-Siberia Research Center Director Alexander Dolitsky of Juneau.

A design by Juneau sculptor R.T. Wallen has been selected tentatively for the memorial, which will be placed in Fairbanks.

Dolitsky said Congress approved the appropriation in late July. The state Department of Transportation also may provide money for site preparation, Dolitsky said. That will include stone benches and flags, flowers and landscaping.

From 1942 to 1945, the United States supplied planes and other materials to Russia via a route that stretched from Great Falls, Mont., over Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon, and through several Alaska ports -- Fairbanks, Galena and Nome -- before continuing to Siberia.

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