Icelanders honor McDermott, Clark
By Jan Hrutfiord
The Blaine City Council proclaimed Saturday, July 22 as Icelandic Day, and the Icelandic flag was flying at the Blaine city hall, the Peace Arch Park American kitchen, as well as marking the graves of those Icelanders who are buried in the Blaine and Hillsdale cemeteries. Over 400 graves were marked with small Icelandic flags for the day.
The annual Icelandic Picnic was held last Saturday at Peace Arch Park, hosted by the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society. Diane Palmason was the coordinator for the picnic.
The event was
attended by about 150 Icelanders and friends from Whatcom County,
Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and points in between.
Honored guests included Gerry MacDonald, first vice-president of the Icelandic National League of North America, Bob McDermott, sculptor for the Vigil statue, and Richard Clark, who was named an “honorary Icelander” for his writings on the history of Blaine and the Peace Arch, including stories of the Icelanders who were early settlers in this region.
There were games for children, with about 30 children receiving medals for participating in the races and other games. Icelandic salmon and skyr, as well as cake and coffee were served for those who were there.
It was a good day for a Viking invasion - lots of fun and fellowship, and no hostages were taken. Maybe next year!!
For more information about the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society or to become involved, call Diane Palmason at 332-2077.