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75th Battle of Attu Commemoration


The University of Alaska Anchorage, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Aviation Museum, Alaska Veterans Museum, and United States Army Center of Military History invite you to join them in the 75th Battle of Attu Commemoration events.

Film Screening & Discussion with the Director

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:00-4:00pm, University of Alaska Anchorage, Fine Arts Building

The film premiere of “When the Fog Clears,” directed by award winning Japanese film director Tadashi Ogawa seeks to make the “Forgotten War” unforgettable. This film features Kiska and Attu Island which had been occupied by Japan during WWII. 90 minutes

Opening Reception & Reflections on Attu Art Show

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm, Loussac Library, Anchorage, Alaska

Join us as we welcome and honor U.S. and Japanese Veterans and Descendants from the battle and village of Attu. Program opens with the Anchorage Unangax Dancers and a message of peace. View a new display on Attu and art from 2017 Refuge Artists-in-Residence Andrea Nelson, Nancy Lord, and Irene Owsley. Refreshments served.

Attu Survivors and Descendants Potluck Luncheon

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:30am, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Anchorage,Alaska

In 2017, eleven Attu descendants revisited the village site their parents and grandparents left behind forever in 1942 when they were taken to Japan as prisoners. They gathered grass from Attu to bring back to expert basket weavers in the Attu style. Descendants and weavers will share their experiences and display grass and baskets. Ray Hudson will give a short talk entitled "The Last Baskets from Attu."

Descendants Panel Discussion

Friday, May 18 at 2:00pm, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Anchorage,Alaska

Join this panel of descendants from the Village of Attu, U.S. Soldiers, and Japanese soldiers to gain a unique perspective on the Battle of Attu.

Japanese Perspective  on WWII in the Aleutians

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm, reception at 6:00pm) Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

Speakers explore Japan’s military strategy and soldiers’ experiences during the Battle of Attu in 1943.

Battle of Attu Exhibit Grand Opening - All Day Event

Saturday, May 19 from 10:00am-4:00pm, Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

  • 1pm - Veterans Panel
  • 3pm Commemoration Ceremony

A full day of fly-ins, films, and displays. Warbird rides and food available for purchase.

Reflections on Attu Art Show

May 17-June 17, 2018, Loussac Library in Anchorage, Alaska

Battle of Attu Exhibition

May - November, 2018, Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, Alaska

Visit www.attu75.org for more information

Earlier Event: May 15
Hmong American Veterans Memorial Day
Later Event: May 19
Spring Tea