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The “missing man” formation is used by all branches of the US military to mark the passing of a service member.  Memorial Day was established to remember fallen military members and should not be conflated with Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) on November 11th that was created to recognize the service of all soldiers, living or dead.  At noon on Memorial Day the group of veterans, who take care of the flag and the flag pole in Fairhaven, will lower the spring flag and raise the large, summer flag.  The summer flag will immediately be lowered to half-staff as ordered by the President for Memorial Day.  You are welcome to participate or to observe.

Click here to observe the missing man flyover.

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David A. Swanson

May 30, 2021

Sp-6 Charles J. Crawford, Jr. HQ/1/502, 101st ABN DIV,  KIA 9 Feb 68, Quang Tri

RIP

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Dick Conoboy

May 30, 2021

 My college classmates:

First Lieutenant Charlie Hymers, 1st Aviation Brigade, 11th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 128th Aviation Company, KIA 4 Feb 67, Vinh Binh Province.

Captain Gerald Winch,  25th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, Headquarters Company, KIA 15 Mar 1968, Binh Duong Province

My classmate from Infantry Officer and Airborne Courses:

First Lieutenant Michael Sudborough,  25th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, C Company, KIA 21 Mar 1967, Plei Trap Valley One Niner Battle, South Vietnam, Kontum province

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Ruth Fruland

May 30, 2021

Theodor Van Skiles (Teddy) is the only friend I knew who was killed in Viet Nam. We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church growing up in Houston, Texas.  He was 22 years old, an Army Warrant Officer, and died in a helicopter crash two weeks after arriving on August 31, 1969 in Long An Province, South Vietnam – casualty date, September 17, 1969.

Your Memorial Day reminder and comments reminded me of my childhood friend who never got to live his full life. Thank you.

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Bob Burr

May 30, 2021

Far too many killed in action to list, May all who unnecessarily lost their lives in unnecessary wars rest in peace. And may all who returned with PTSD and killed themselves be remembered on this day as well. And also bless all who returned maimed or messed up and who tragically are among the homeless today.

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Dick Conoboy

May 30, 2021

 Bob,

How true.  Several of my friends from Viet Nam drank themselves to death.  Another put a bullet in his head.  Eric Bogle wrote a fine song about war.  Listen to it - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.

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Bob Burr

May 30, 2021

Dick, one of my favorite songs of all time. And, while fortunately, many other artists covered it so that its cogent message reached a wider audience, Bogle’s version is the one I listen to frequently when I am in a mood to tear up or feel shame. Equally as stirring is his No Mans Land covered by many others as the Green Fields of France or just Willie McBride. I usually listen to them along with with Buffy St. Marie’s Universal Soldier and Phil Och’s I Aint a Marching Anymore and White Boots Marching In a Yellow Land. I have a long post-war folky history.

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Memorial Day 2021

By Dick ConoboyOn May 30, 2021

The “missing man” formation is used by all branches of the US military to mark the passing of a service member.  Memorial Day was established to remember fallen military [...]

6 comments, most recent 2 months ago

Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Lev Sues the City

By John ServaisOn May 28, 2021

Yesterday afternoon, Thursday, May 27, Debra Lev, the elected municipal judge for Bellingham, filed a lawsuit in Whatcom County Superior Court against Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood and the City of Bellingham. [...]

7 comments, most recent 2 months ago

Your Chance NOW to Weigh In on the CityView Private Dormitory Development

By Dick ConoboyOn May 27, 2021

Under an unusual allowance by city code, the Planning Commission will hear public commentary and provide its opinion to the planning director on a private dormitory project called CityView, located [...]

1 comment, most recent 2 months ago

An Anniversary…or an End Date?

By Guest WriterOn May 23, 2021

[Douglas Gustafson guest writes. Doug is the Chair of HomesNOW! Not Later, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization operating in Bellingham and Whatcom County. HomesNOW operates Unity Village, the first tiny home [...]

3 comments, most recent 1 month ago

Heron Colony Still Vulnerable to Development

By John ServaisOn May 19, 2021

For months we have heard from city hall sources that the mayor is working to provide additional protection to Fairhaven's Post Point heron colony, the only Great Blue Heron colony [...]

6 comments, most recent 1 month ago

The Census: Protecting Privacy versus Creating Useless Data

By David A. SwansonOn May 18, 2021

Every ten years the U.S. conducts a census in an attempt to count every person once, only once, and in the right place. The U.S. Census [...]

1 comment, most recent 2 months ago

Why Participate?

By Jon HumphreyOn May 17, 2021

I was struggling with how to make this a local article when it dawned on me: my kids. Like most kids in school these days, my kids have been given [...]

5 comments, most recent 1 month ago

WAVEing at Problems on the BAG

By Jon HumphreyOn May 11, 2021

I have written about the many conflicts of interest on the COB Broadband Advisory Group, the most disturbing being the extreme over-representation of WAVE on the group. WAVE has two [...]

12 comments, most recent 1 month ago

State Defines “Family,” Bellingham’s Got It Wrong

By Dick ConoboyOn May 10, 2021

There has been a constant “discussion” for at least the last two decades over the legality, constitutionality, advisability, morality, etc. of the Bellingham city code that limits the number of [...]

2 comments, most recent 2 months ago

CityView Lives!

By Dick ConoboyOn May 10, 2021

The CityView apartment complex at the corner of Nevada St. and Consolidation Ave was proposed almost 2 years ago.  It now has been reborn as the developer met an April 2[...]

2 comments, most recent 2 months ago

Variant Virus Strains Hit the County

By Michael RiordanOn May 08, 2021

Across the northern tier of Whatcom County, there were substantially higher rates of coronavirus infections than in Bellingham during April, according to recent data from the county health department. From [...]

10 comments, most recent 2 months ago

Mayor Is Asked To Preserve Trail

By John ServaisOn Apr 30, 2021

Update Thur, May 6:  There were administrative mistakes at city hall that prevented the mayor from phoning Daniel back.  Today Seth phoned Daniel.  ------This letter is posted with [...]

9 comments, most recent 2 months ago

Affordable Housing Arrives At Bellingham’s Waterfront?

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 27, 2021

After years of anticipation, Bellingham's prayers have been answered: affordable housing at the Waterfront. Not.I was drawn to the “good news” site by an advertisement in a local newspaper. [...]

10 comments, most recent 3 months ago

Dead Or Alive?  Schrödinger’s Public Banking Bill

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 18, 2021

Physicist Erwin Schrödinger devised a thought experiment described here:Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If [...]

Boulevard Park And Infrastructure: Another COB Missed Opportunity

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 05, 2021

[The following article is a modification of a piece by Jon Humphrey that appeared in change.org on March 30, 2021 entitled “Boulevard Park And Infrastructure (131 years and the COB still refuses [...]

4 comments, most recent 3 months ago

State Public Banking (Cooperative) Bill - Update on House Actions

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 28, 2021

{ Udpate 4/10/2021: E2SSB 5188 the public cooperative (banking bill), now in the Rules Committee, can use a push by a legislator by requesting that it be brought out of Rules and [...]

8 comments, most recent 3 months ago

COB: Go Ahead, Discuss All You Want…

By Jon HumphreyOn Mar 23, 2021

3/26/2021 Update: Thanks to public pressure the COB has finally started to post the BAG meeting recordings. While it takes them an uncommonly long time to post the videos, they date [...]

3 comments, most recent 4 months ago

The Battle for Bellingham’s Tiny Homes

By Guest WriterOn Mar 20, 2021

[Douglas Gustafson guest writes. Doug is Chairman of HomesNOW! Not Later, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization operating in Bellingham and Whatcom County. HomesNOW operates Unity Village, the first tiny home community [...]

27 comments, most recent 3 months ago

A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?

By Michael RiordanOn Mar 12, 2021

According to recent data from the Washington state Department of Health, a serious outbreak of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus strain occurred in Whatcom County during February, about a month earlier than [...]

10 comments, most recent 4 months ago

State Public Banking (Cooperative) Bill Moves To The House

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 07, 2021

After a decade long effort on the part of State Senator Bob Hasegawa, a bill for a Washington State public bank (cooperative) has been passed by the Senate and moved [...]

4 comments, most recent 4 months ago