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    Tribute to Lyal Hanson

    by Former Senator Mark Begich

    Posted on 2013-03-11

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    BEGICH. Madam President, today I wish to honor Mr. Lyal Hanson, who is entering his 50th year of service to the United States Postal Service. The State of Alaska had only been a State for 5 years when Mr. Hanson began delivering mail.

    In Alaska, mail delivery is not just a convenience; it is a necessity. For interior villages, towns on the coast, and residents who live in the Bush, the mail is a lifeline and often the only method of regular communication. In Alaska's urban and rural areas, the mail is a critical part of our communications infrastructure which allows small businesses to transport goods.

    Today, Mr. Hanson delivers mail in South Anchorage near Tudor Road. Residents on his delivery route know him and appreciate his public service. Letter carriers like Lyal Hanson helped Alaska in the early stages of statehood and his work ties our communities together as we continue to grow.

    Our State's economy has developed tremendously since Lyal Hanson began delivering mail, and the public service of people like him is part of our success story. At this time, I would like to recognize and thank Mr. Hanson for his many years of service to the United States Postal Service. We are fortunate to have someone as dedicated and committed to delivering mail in our communities. ____________________

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