Quirky Attraction: Alaska Veterans Memorial

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Alaska Veterans Memorial

Location: Denali State Park, Alaska (Route 3, Mile 147.1)
When to visit: Any time
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 10-15 minutes
Website: dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/matsu/akveteransmemorial.htm

Let’s kick off this Memorial Day weekend with a look at the Alaska Veterans Memorial, an unexpected find on the highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The memorial is located at a rest stop on Route 3 at Mile marker 147.1. It’s inside Denali State Park, south of the more well-known Denali National Park.

Created in 1984, the Alaska Veterans Memorial is a remembrance of the men and women who have served the country over the years. “We honor their heroism and dedication,” the inscription reads in part.

The main section of the memorial is a semicircle of individual stones for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each stone is a concrete panel 20 feet high.

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Some visitors leave flowers near the stone of their choice to honor their own family members.

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The entrance to the memorial features a sculpture of two Alaskan guards looking out through binoculars.

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In addition to honoring the Armed Forces, the site has another memorial for victims of two military plane crashes in Alaska. A propeller from a C-47 that crashed in 1954 sits on display.

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It’s a nice tribute, and it’s not in a place you’d expect, so if you make the trip to Alaska and head up towards Denali, be sure to stop by the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

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Looking for more Quirky Attractions? Check out the Arnold Schwarzenegger statue or the American Banjo Museum.

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Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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