>Anacortes resident Scott Thomson, pictured above, spent the early morning hours of Veterans Day 2009 composing the following tribute: I’m just a regular guy livin’ here in the Northwest Leadin’ a pretty regular life, trying to do my best I’m just a regular guy trying to express What’s goin’ on inside my heart I’ll let my song say the rest I’ve been thinkin’ about this special day We honor those who have served Given a big part of themselves so we could rest assured That this country we live in Is still free and the home of the brave I want to thank every one of you, today is Veterans Day Some of you served on the front lines, some never fired a shot Some of you went willingly, some of you did not None of that really matters to me, I said it from the start I want to thank every one of you, from the bottom of my heart I’ve been thinkin’ about this special day We honor those who have served Who’ve given a big part of themselves so that we could rest assured That this country that we live in Is still free and the home of the brave I want to thank every one of you, today is Veterans Day To those who served on the home front, and to those who traveled abroad To those who served just a short time, and to those who served so long And especially to the families of those who never made it back Thank you, every one of you, today is Veterans Day There’s one last thing I would like to say Every day should be Veterans Day By Scott Thomson November 2009 Scott presented his tribute at Causland Memorial Park in downtown Anacortes.
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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