June 4, 1792: It was King George's 54th birthday and Captain George Vancouver rowed ashore to celebrate it by taking Possession of all waters and land they had mapped and surveyed since April. He named these waters, Possession Sound. It is the home waters of Everett, WA.
June 4, 1915: The Marcus Whitman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution paid tribute by installing a bronze and stone Memorial to commemorate his landing. It is 99 years old.
June 4, 2014: I make my way to Everett today to see the memorial and to pay my tribute to Captain Vancouver and his Voyage of Discovery. The Memorial is located high on a bluff overlooking the Port of Everett in a small, but beautiful park, aptly named Grand Avenue Park. The Memorial is located at Grand Avenue and 18th Street. Many people were being walked by their dogs in the small park, but no one I spoke to knew nothing of this great event, no one had ever stopped to read the plaque. Everyone got a brief history lesson and departed, pleased to know about it. I had a pocket full of Lt Peter Puget Memorial cards to pass out.
The Park has other noted Memorials, A bronze Bust for Senator Scoop Jackson, who lived across the street in a beautiful home. A mosaic Compass Rose and a tribute to Becky Fauver.
I ventured down to the Port and celebrated by having a lovely lunch at Anthony's Home Port Restaurant.
What a wonderful day and I am so happy I took the time to honor these explorers on this famous day in Washington's History.