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Swinomish community holds 75th Memorial Day services


FOR 75 YEARS A MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE HAS BEEN HELD – Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairperson Steve Edwards spoke at the annual Memorial Day Services at the Swinomish Cemetery Monday.  – Photo by Bill Reynolds

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 t...

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