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House Passes Second Verse for State Song
Addition Would Celebrate Alaska's Diverse Background
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"I think this is a fundamental issue about celebrating who we are culturally," Weyhrauch said. "We do things as legislators for symbolic as well as substantive reasons, and this is an important symbolic step we take today."
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(JUNEAU) - The House approved a bill today that would add a second verse to the official Alaska state song. As the original first verse celebrates the state flag, the new verse in House Bill 45, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), will celebrate the state's diversity of cultures.

"I think this is a fundamental issue about celebrating who we are culturally," Weyhrauch said. "We do things as legislators for symbolic as well as substantive reasons, and this is an important symbolic step we take today."

HB 45 passed the House by a vote of 29 to 7 and now moves to the Senate. The original state song, "Alaska's Flag," was written by Marie Drake and adopted as the official state song 1956. Carol Beery Davis wrote the second verse and gifted the words to the University of Alaska Foundation in 1987. The words to the second verse are as follows:

 

"a Native lad chose the Dipper's stars
For Alaska's flag that there be no bars
Among our cultures. Be it known
Through the years, the Natives' past has grown
To share life's treasures hand in hand,
To keep Alaska our great land!
We love the northern, midnight sky,
The mountains, lakes and streams nearby.
The great North Star with its steady light
Will guide all cultures clear and bright,
With nature's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of the last frontier."

"It's a verse that has grown into fruition and maturity now to be adopted as a second verse of the Alaska Flag Song," Weyhrauch said. "And it reflects a similar process that we've gone through in our state of celebrating our diversity, our cultures, our growth and our people."

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