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Pleasant Ridge, Swinomish Memorial Day ceremonies


HONORING VETERANS AND REMEMBERING PIONEERS – Members of the Marine Corp League, #1043 performed flag raising and flag folding duties at the annual Memorial Day service at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Monday. This was the first time in three years that no one wore face masks. – Photo by Ken Stern

The weather was iffy, but the timing couldn’t have been better when Memorial Day ceremonies at the Swinomish Tribal Community Cemetery concluded Monday morning.

Almost as soon as the tribal canoe family closed the solemn 90-minute multi-denominational prayer service with its Warrior Song, two eagles and four U.S. Navy jets soared across gray skies overhead.

The symbolism was not lost on Brian Cladoosby, serving as master of ceremonies. He noted how Memorial Day, like the images that filled the sky, is meant to be firmly etched in the mind’s eye.

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