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Swinomish community holds 75th Memorial Day services

The Swinomish Tribal Community has held Memorial Day services for three-quarters of a century, one of its longest-standing traditions.

But Monday’s program at Swinomish Cemetery was like no other.

The COVID-19 pandemic and a steady rainfall kept attendance down, and among those who did turn out many wore masks and observed social distancing guidelines while visiting grave sites and listening to speakers.

“Times have changed for us,” said Swinomish Tribal Senator J.J. Wilbur, who served as master of ceremonies. “We’re still trying to adjust. But we’re thankful for being able to keep this tradit...


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