North to the Future

Alaska State Motto

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Northern Lights

Northern lights (aurora borealis) shining above Bear Lake, Alaska; photo by Image Editor on Flickr.

North to the Future

Alaska's state motto (North to the Future) was adopted in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial. The motto is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise.

Suggested by journalist Richard Peter, who stated the motto "...is a reminder that beyond the horizon of urban clutter there is a Great Land beneath our flag that can provide a new tomorrow for this century's 'huddled masses yearning to be free'."

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