Despite several months of notice, the governor didn’t commit to be at the ceremony until the morning of the event-hence her conspicuous absence in the program. Before the program went to the printers, the governor had been given a deadline. Silence.
Perhaps she was waiting for Greta’s call. Governor Palin insisted she be sat on stage and demanded time for a speech. She spoke before the invocation and flag presentation as to not be “off program.” It was certainly appropriate for the governor to speak at such a high level ceremony, but her high level maintenance made it difficult for those that planned it.
Here's a photo of the Governor, later last weekend, at a Memorial Day ceremony in Fairbanks. Different shoes.
The Governor was well-paid for her appearances, as she always is.
2. Progressive Alaska editor and Bugles Across America member, Philip Munger, this morning, after performing Taps at a memorial service for a recently deceased Alaska veteran.
Munger volunteered his service, as he has hundreds of times.