August 18th, 2010
10:28 PM ET

Stevens remembered as champion of Alaska

Hundreds of people filled Anchorage Baptist Temple on Wednesday to pay their respects to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was overwhelmingly remembered by speakers at the service as a man who embodied the state.

"From the eerie silence of the tundra to the swish of dogsleds in the snow ... these things more than describe Alaska, they define a way of life, and no state has ever had a more fierce defender of that state's way of life than Ted Stevens," said longtime friend and former Senate colleague, Vice President Joe Biden.

Stevens, 86, and four others died August 9 when the plane in which they were flying crashed into the side of a mountain in remote southwestern Alaska.

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  1. Deidre Lahti

    RIP Senator Stevens ~ you will ALWAYS be our Senior Senator. Begich will NEVER BE "A Ted Stevens". We love you, we thank you, we appreciate EVERYTHING you did for Alaska Uncle Ted and YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!

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