by Channel 2 News staff
Monday, June 21, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Downtown Anchorage saw a unique celebration of the summer solstice Monday night.
The city hosted a guided tour through the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. People visited the grave sites of 12 of Alaska's pioneers in aviation.
Longtime Anchorage historian and Alaskan pioneer John Bagoy started the tours in 1995. According to tour guide Audrey Kelly, Anchorage has a rich history that people should learn more about.
"It's just important because we have wonderful history here," Kelly said. "And Anchorage is a very special city in that our history is still a living history, and we have a terrific opportunity to preserve it and to remember who is here."
This is the 16th year of the summer solstice cemetery tour. The event is sponsored by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and Anchorage Historic Properties.