John Bjerkness

Courtesy of MIKE ROSTAD

John Bjerkness looks at the book about the Marine division he served with at Iwo Jima.

We’re coming out of a very patriotic week. Many in Alaska celebrated Independence Day with robust enthusiasm. Not surprising. According to a Fox News poll, Alaska is one of the most patriotic states in the nation.

On the Fourth of July, patriotism is on full display in the villages of Old Harbor and Port Lions, which celebrate with much fanfare. Also on display in our state is the dedication of those who laid down their comforts and personal dreams (for some, even their lives) for the sake of this country’s freedom.

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