Among cherished mementos in Dad’s collection was this “IKE” tie pin. On Christmas Eve 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied Forces in Europe as part of Operation Overlord. Dad was serving in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet at the time. Although he was the son of a die-hard FDR fan, Dad said he did a lot of reading during the war that led him to the Republican Party. I’m thinking Ike, later to become president, had something to do with that decision as well.
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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