Prefiled bill would add 2nd verse to 'Alaska's Flag' song
A bill prefiled in Juneau would add a second verse to the official state song.
House Bill 193 by Juneau Rep. Andi Story would add the verse written by Carol Beery Davis to the song composed by Elinor Dusenbury and written by Marie Drake. "Alaska's Flag" song was adopted by the Territorial Legislature in 1955 as Alaska's official song according to state records.
The original lyrics to the song from HB 193:
Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,
Alaska's flag, may it mean to you,
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes and the flowers nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
O'er land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.
The new verse pays homage to Benny Benson, the 13-year-old Aleut who designed the state flag. Benson was a seventh-grader at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward when his design won the contest to become Alaska's flag in 1927, according to an article by the University of Alaska.
The added lyrics would be:
A native lad chose our Dipper's stars
for Alaska's flag that there be no bars
among our cultures. Be it known
through years our natives' past has grown
to share our treasures, hand in hand,
to keep Alaska our Great Land.
We love the northern midnight sky,
our mountains, lakes and the streams nearby;
Our Great North Star with its steady light
will guide our cultures clear and bright
with Nature's flag to Alaskans dear
The simple flag of a last Frontier.
The regular session of the legislature is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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