He introduced himself as Scott Thomson, and told his modest Causland Memorial Park audience he was up most of the night working on the lyrics to his new song. The song he offered was a tribute to U.S. military veterans, several of whom were gathered at the Nov. 11, 2009 event in recognition of the national holiday. The last line of Thomson’s song was: “There’s one last thing I would like to say. Every day should be Veterans Day.” About two dozen people were gathered, including City Council members Erica Pickett and Nick Petrish. Port of Anacortes Executive Director Bob Hyde was also in attendance. Sadly, COVID-19 restrictions have led to cancellation of Veterans Day 2020 events.
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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