Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared a message in celebration of Ted Stevens Day, the fourth Saturday in July:
Congressman Young Shares Message in Celebration of Ted Stevens Day (click here to watch).
“This is the 5th annual Ted Stevens Day, July 25th, 2015. Of course the theme is ‘get out and play’. God bless you all that live in Alaska. Ted feels the same way about it; too many of us stay inside our homes in the summer time, but he believed in getting out.
“Ted and I were good friends. We worked together; we were a team together. He always believed in fishing, going hunting once in awhile, getting together with friends and family, and participating in the great Alaska.
“A lot of Alaskans get so wrapped up in their jobs, including myself, that we forget the beauty of Alaska. We forget the great days – yes some of the warm days and the wet days – but the days we have, the beauty we have, the mountains we have, the wildlife we see. And Ted believed in that. He was one that supported a lot of great outdoor events, especially with women athletes. He was very important to that cause. But mostly he just wanted you to get out, like he did.
“Unfortunately, as you know, we lost Ted. He was doing what he wanted to do. He just finished catching a lot of fish, drinking some good red wine, and we lost him. But he wanted Alaskans to enjoy Alaska. We watched him build the state of Alaska. Every time I go around Alaska I see things that he was able to do.
“So this is a time for a little sadness because I miss him. But also a time of great joy, because he helped build Alaska and he wanted Alaskans to enjoy it. So get out and play. Get out and enjoy Alaska. Get out and be a real Alaskan. God bless you Ted and God bless all of you.”