Anchorage Community Development Authority Praises MCPO Jerry Herrington Sea Services Memorial Re-Dedication Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 10 am.
ACDA recognizes the tireless work and dedication by the Navy League of the United States Anchorage Council 151 for its leadership to achieving the MCPO Jerry Herrington Sea Services Memorial Re-Dedication.
In June 1992, the USS ANCHORAGE (LSD 36) donated a ship’s anchor and chain to honor its namesake, the Municipality of Anchorage. Later, the Anchorage Navy League Council 151 and Armed Services YMCA of Alaska commemorated a plaque with the monument to recognize Jerry Herrington for his advocacy and contributions to Alaskan veterans.
“The legacy of Anchorage’s Anchor and Chain and its new re-dedication is a testament to the respect and support our city continues to hold for our United States Armed Forces and the many veterans who call Anchorage their home,” said Mike Robbins, Executive Director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority.
The Navy League Council 151 further highlights why the re-dedication is special:
“To recognize the two USS ANCHORAGE (LPD 23 and its predecessor LSD 36) and the sailors and marines that have taken our cities namesake globally in service to our nation”
“155 years of service by the United States Coast Guard in Alaska. Through along-term commitment, the United States Coast Guard has provided for the safety of those in the maritime industries and communities, protected Alaska marine resources and enabled Alaska to be a great maritime State.”
“…It is important to recognize the historic role that the Sea Services, and the Army played in defending Alaska’s territory from Japanese invasion and occupation during 1942-1943, Known as the 1000 Mile War, operations across the Aleutians were supported by Navy Operating Base Dutch Harbor. To recognize the importance of this forward operating Navy base, the original bell and its story from Dutch Harbor to Anchorage is mounted so the story is maintained.”
The Anchorage Community Development Authority's (ACDA) mission is to serve as the catalyst for economic development within the Municipality of Anchorage. Since 2004, when ACDA was established by code as a Development Authority, it has supported many community projects.