Memorial Day in the Swan Valley


Asa Thomas Metcalfe

The Swan Valley Memorial Day flower wreath rests against the guardrail on Cold Creek Bridge.

A somber procession gathered on the Cold Creek Bridge in Condon to remember service members who have passed.

The 31st annual Memorial Day observance was presided over by Edward Klassen, who has facilitated the event for the last six years as the commander of American Legion Post 63 in Condon Klassen brought a small amplifier with a microphone to the bridge and read aloud a brief history of Memorial Day as a national tradition, wrapping a contemporary tribute in a retelling of the holiday's lore.

"The belief is that the date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country,...

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