They’re all great, when it comes to Anacortes parades, but this 2005 Fourth of July parade was special. It opened with a flyover of two “Prowler” jets from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Grand Marshal was Wallie Funk, my newspaper mentor and dear friend. The copper columns on the Downtown Arch were shiny and new. Those on the floats were animated, the crowd was huge. Sweet memories. Hope we can all get together again soon!
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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