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Local Memorial Day ceremonies live once again


OUR ANCESTORS LIVE IN OUR STORIES AND HEARTS – Laurie Lane shared memories of her great-grandmother, Louise Johnson, other Johnsons, Andersons and the Swedes, Danes, Finns and Norwegians who settled in the Skagit Valley 100 and more years ago at the annual Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Memorial Day service Monday. Lori Buher, cemetery district secretary, held up Johnson family pioneer era photos for the good size gathering to see. – Photo by Ken Stern

Monday was a Memorial Day in the La Conner area that will not soon be forgotten – and not just because of ideal weather.

The public was again able to honor sacrifices of deceased veterans with solemn ceremonies at the Pleasant Ridge and Swinomish Tribal Community cemeteries, rituals suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to gather again,” said Rev. Don Robinson, who officiated a service under warm and sunny skies at Pleasant Ridge, the oldest cemetery in Skagit County.

“We’re here,” Robinson added, “to honor those veterans...

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