May 29th, 2006

Remembrances

This photograph could have been taken in virtually any community in the U.S. today as military veterans, their families and friends gathered at community cemeteries to acknowledge Memorial Day 2006. Pictured here is Anacortes resident Wallace Wilson Staflin, who served with the Army Air Corps in World War II. Staflin is accompanied by his daughter, Rhonda Hirata (not visible) and family friend Kathy Boomer. The three took part in a Grand View Cemetery service co-sponsored by the American Legion and the VFW. Memorial Day ceremonies took place on Guemes Island, at Grand View, and finally at Fernhill Cemetery off Highway 20. Among speakers at the event was Dr. Bud Strom, a WWII veteran and one-time mayor of Anacortes. Strom emphasized the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of others during wartime, past and present. For more photos, see “Memorial Day 06” in Activities section.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

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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