May 22nd, 2020

Memorial Days Past: 2009-2019

Given that Memorial Day gatherings have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I put together this collection of photographs I have taken at local gatherings held in Anacortes from 2009-2019. To see more images, go to and type “Memorial Day” in the search engine. My hope is that on Monday, each of us will find our own way of honoring those who gave their lives in service to this nation. My thanks to those individuals and organizations who have put together public events in past years. Memorial Day, previously called Decoration Day, is a federal holiday for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving in the United States armed forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[3]

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About Photographer 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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$12 for 5 X 7 inch archival print, mailing included.

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