Soldiers honored in Alaska

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Families who lost loved ones in the Iraq War will be honored by the renaming of an Alaskan mountain peak.

    The mountain peak in the Chugach Mountains has been named Gold Star Peak.

    The process to rename the peak was announced in Washington by U.S Senator Dan Sullivan just as he honored U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Kirk Alkire, as the Alaskan of the week on the senate floor.

    Alkire has worked to rename the peak he first spotted while climbing Mount POW/MIA last year.  Alkire always hikes with 53 dog tags to remember all the paratroopers and soldiers who died while serving the country in Iraq.

    KTUU News reported Alkire applied for a state grant and then sought permission from the Eklutna Tribe.  He was able to gather 1,500 signatures from 50 states, four countries and one territory to petition congress to change the name of the peak.

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