With Veterans Day approaching this week, I took this opportunity to “flash back” to a local event in 2012. The Port of Anacortes has hosted numerous Veterans Day gatherings over the years — a gesture much appreciated by this island community, its military veterans and those grateful for their service. This collection of images includes a photo of the late John Tursi, WWII veteran, meeting a veteran of the Vietnam War. Another image captured a mother writing a note of thanks to her veteran son on a white board set up for the occasion. Sadly, COVID-19 has closed the door on such events this year.
Mother makes note on "Thank You Wall"
WWII vet meets Vietnam vet
Veterans from different eras honored
Town Crier Richard Riddell at Causland Park event
U.S. Navy color guard, Navy veteran Matt Miller at podium
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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