Thursday marks a diamond anniversary for both Alaska and the United States.

Alaska officially entered the Union 60 years ago on Jan. 3, 1959, after then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act in July 1958. Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed a statehood proclamation to celebrate the day.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Alaska World Affairs Council, Alaska Village Initiatives, Commonwealth North and The InterContinental Railway, reflecting on the state's rise over the past six decades. 

"Alaska has been blessed during the last 60 years because of our resources," Meyer said, citing examples of Alaska's leadership in industries like oil and gas, mining and fisheries. 

Meyer encouraged the group to learn from Alaska's history and move forward with optimism.

"Our next 60 years as a state will be whatever we want," he said. "As long as we visualize, dream, insist and demand on moving forward as a state and prospering as a state, together we will do that."

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