Murkowski: “Get Out and Play” for Ted Stevens Day

Senator Invites Alaskans to Celebrate Third Annual Ted Stevens Commemoration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Murkowski today shared the following message with Alaskans in anticipation of the third annual Ted Stevens Day tomorrow, as she prepares to join Alaskans at community gatherings in Anchorage and Fairbanks this weekend:

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“Happy Ted Stevens Day, Alaska!

“This fourth Saturday of July, marks the third time that Alaskans from across the state will join together to “get out and play” in memory of the life and legacy of our Senator Ted Stevens.

“Alaskans in communities across the state – from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and the Kenai Peninsula – are coming together for BBQ’s, potlucks, fishing; others are taking part in their own very unique way.  If you haven’t made plans yet, and want to celebrate with others, you might want to look into events in some of these locations.

“Now, among many things, we remember Ted Stevens as one of Alaska’s great leaders, the Alaskan of the 20th Century, and a tireless advocate for the 49th state. He was committed to our people, our economy and the role that we played in the success of America – from national security to energy independence to our bountiful fisheries.  As political as things get in our state and in Washington, DC, Uncle Ted had perspective. His motto: ‘The hell with politics, just do what’s right for Alaska.’

“Today, however, is about Senator Stevens’ deep love for the outdoors and adventure. This summer of 2013 – one of the most gorgeous summers in ages – it’s as if Uncle Ted is looking down upon us and encouraging us to take up activities that require a little sweat, a little more effort than usual, maybe one that leaves us catching our breath afterwards. So whether you decide to walk, run, hike or climb; reel in a nice rainbow or salmon, take a spin on your bike or just play outside, I encourage you all to spend some time this weekend getting out and enjoying our beautiful Alaskan Summer.

“So Alaska, for Senator Stevens and the entire Stevens family: Let’s get out and play!”