ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A decorated Alaska veteran will represent the state at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday.
Retired Lt. Col. Pat Carothers of Juneau will attend the Nov. 11 event at the National Mall. Carothers was the most decorated Marine when he retired after serving in World War II, the Korean and Vietname wars, according to a news release from Knowle's office.
The state is contributing $15,000 towards the construction of the memorial, which will honor those who served in World War II -- including about 7,000 veterans currently living in Alaska and 6,600 members of the Alaska Territorial Guard, according to Knowles.
Governors througout the nation have been asked to contribute a dollar of state funds for each World War Two veteran in their states to help pay for the memorial, Knowles office said.
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