Marshal Hollie

Published July 4, 2007 / by Steve Berentson

Grand Marshal of today’s 4th of July parade in downtown Anacortes was Hollie Brand, who showed her enthusiasm by waving to the crowd shortly after the 11 a.m. cannon blast that “launched” the event. Brand and supporters have mailed more than 1,500 packages to soldiers in Iraq since 2004, when her son was serving there. It was a great Independence Day parade, followed by a well-attended event at historic Causland Park. More photos later. Thanks, Anacortes Women of Today (AWOT).

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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