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Special Kenai River fishing trip fills veteran with gratitude

Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004

With the third anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, I had occasion to reflect on the important contributions of our nation's veterans.

As a veteran, I understand the commitment to serve our country and the price veterans have agreed to pay to secure all our collective freedom. How do you repay and honor veterans who have willingly made this commitment? How do you say "thank you" to veterans for serving our country?

In memory of 9/11, the Kenai River Guides Association, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska State Parks and Suzie's Restaurant have all worked together to provide a wonderful day's outing on the Kenai River held for 80 veterans to honor the memory of veterans who died and to highlight the importance of those veterans among us.

For three consecutive years, on the anniversary of 9/11, these organizations have donated their time, energy and services to demonstrate their appreciation for our veterans.

I would suggest that the Kenai River Guides Association, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska State Parks and Suzie's Restaurant all deserve our thanks and respect for modeling gratitude for our veterans. I felt proud to be a veteran and an American on that fall day, Sept. 11, 2004.

Special thanks go to the following guides: Joe Connors, Alex Douthit, Bill Gifford, Russ Lacy, Dave Goggia, Don Johnson, Steve McClure, Tyland Van Lier, Gary Kernen, Jim Stogsdill, Keith Holten, Bob Cushway, Mark Glassmaker, Bill Toppa, Ryan Howlett, Bill White, Tirey Dingler, Jerry Eubank, Marty Roberts, Rik Richardson, Tyler Goggia, Cliff Chamberlain, Rondi McClure, Terry Sappah and Anna Sappah.

Again, special thanks to: Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Alaska State Parks for donating launching fees and camping, and Suzie's Restaurant for donating an excellent A+ lunch.

God bless America.

Arthur Maines, Eagle River



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