Pleasant Ridge, Swinomish Memorial Day services honor enduring legacies


Ken Stern

ONCE AGAIN THE FLAG GETS FOLDED – The annual Memorial Day service at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery brought dozens of people to the Valentine Road site. A detachment from the Marine Corps League Skagit Valley performed their flag folding ceremony at the start. The service ended with Sammy Williams performing taps.

The past intersected with present and future during Memorial Day services at two local cemeteries Monday morning.

The memories of departed veterans, pioneers and tribal members were honored during separate programs at Pleasant Ridge and Swinomish cemeteries, each of which also stressed the blessings of freedoms enjoyed today and offered words of wisdom and optimism going forward.

"We remember with thanks our loved ones who are buried here," Rev. Don Robinson said in remarks at Pleasant Ridge, the oldest cemetery in Skagit County. "We remember the pioneers who came to this area in hope of...

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