Lake Clark National Park and Preserve hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday to dedicate the new accessibility ramp for the park’s visitor center in Port Alsworth.
USMC Corporal Jedediah Morgan, accompanied by his wife, Anna, cut the ribbon. The ramp will allow easier access for veterans and other park visitors to the center, which provides visitor information and educational programs about the four million acre national park.
Park Superintendent Margaret L. Goodro and Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse spoke at the ceremony. The international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse supports Operation Heal Our Patriots to provide wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Walker, executive director of the program, attended with many of the Port Alsworth participants along with their spouses and staff. The park dedicated the ramp in honor of the organization.
“This is an amazing opportunity for these veterans and spouses to get out an enjoy the splendor of our national parks and build lifelong memories together while kayaking, fishing, flying, boating and hiking," Goodro said. "We are proud to provide more opportunities for our injured soldiers and veterans to recreate in national parks and we are honored to have a partnership with Operation Heal Our Patriots".