Honoring Service Before Self
The Salute to the Military is an outstanding example of a program that promotes awareness of military performance and service through the combined efforts of the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska and the Anchorage community. The local Navy League originally started the program in the form of multiple Service Balls. In 1977, the Navy League, struggling with community support for these multiple events, worked with the ASYMCA to create one annual event to honor all service branches. Since that time, the Annual Salute to the Military has become one of the longest running annual events hosted by a non-profit organization, thanks in large part to the support of the Anchorage community and military leadership.
Each year, twelve exceptional enlisted service members, representing each of the Active Duty branches, the Guard, and Reserve, are recognized for their outstanding achievements. The representatives are hosted for three days and attend the Salute banquet with over 500 guests.
The ASYMCA Salute to the Military event has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Outstanding Program Achievement Award from Raytheon.