What a wonderful way to mark U.S. Armed Forces Day. Several dozen gathered Saturday, May 21 at Causland Memorial Park in downtown Anacortes to dedicate a new plaque placed in honor of those service people who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mayor Matt Miller, a U.S. Navy veteran, acknowledged many individuals and groups involved in re-design of a stone memorial and restoration of a military cannon. Among those on the extensive list of contributors were City staff, Patriot Corner, veteran clubs, stonemason Bryan Elliott and Marathon Anacortes Refinery. A brief ceremony included a Color Guard and bugle player from the Oak Harbor NJROTC. A trio of vocalists from Anacortes High School also participated.
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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