Markers of sacrifice

Published May 27, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

Like American cemeteries in all 50 states, Anacortes cemeteries show evidence of the sacrifice of military service by those buried there. Some died in service, others lived beyond those experiences. Reflected here are Grand View Cemetery grave markers of local men who served in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. On Memorial Day 2019 we extend our gratitude to all of our loved ones who served and have since passed on. (Roy Charles Gascon, WWII, Korea, Vietnam; Everett Lindholm, Vietnam; Martin Omundson, WWI; McKinley Short, WWI; Michael Sutton, Vietnam; Charles Thompson, Vietnam; Vietnam War Memorial: Darwin Engman, Russell Hibler, Gordon Logan, Jr., Domenick Spinelli; Roy P. Jung, Bronze Star, WWII, foreground, last image.) 

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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