As I mentioned in a previous post, islanders are busy, busy, busy year-round. Definitely no less so in December. There are craft fairs, the annual 8th grade auction, school concerts, church and community functions, and more when one adds in gatherings of family and friends.
However, I keep thinking about an event held on November 11 in honor of Swan’s Island’s veterans. The historical society worked on an exhibit displayed at the lighthouse last summer titled Keep Calm and Carry On: Island life during WWII. This fall the exhibit was expanded to include historical items, photographs, and papers from other wars and peace time service all displayed at the library.
A community celebration of our veteran’s took place on the evening of November 11, Veteran’s Day. The program included readings from veterans and music written by Paul Roberts who lived on the island and married an island girl. The song There’s a Star-spangled Banner Waving Somewhere was performed by performed by the WalkerBrothers. Albums of veteran photographs highlighting their time of service were on display and people attending took a lot of time chatting, remembering and looking. It was a great night.
A big thank you to all who helped put it together.