Flags were flying up and down Commercial Avenue in Anacortes as this seaside city joined countless other American communities in acknowledgement of Memorial Day 2013. Pictured here is the “Traveling Tribute” scale model of the Vietnam War Memorial. This model was on display in August 2011 in the parking lot of the Swinomish Casino. Anacortes activities in 2013 included brief ceremonies at cemeteries on Guemes and Fidalgo islands. An 11 a.m. ceremony will be held at Grandview Cemetery; noon at Fern Hill Cemetery on Highway 20. Hosts include the American Legion Post 13 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
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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