Vancouver ready to honor the ultimate sacrifices with Memorial Day Observance

Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Fort Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Bandstand on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Grounds.

The Memorial Day Observance and Soldiers’ Bivouac at Fort Vancouver NHS will honor Vancouver’s military and history. Photo courtesy of National Park Service
The Memorial Day Observance and Soldiers’ Bivouac at Fort Vancouver NHS will honor Vancouver’s military and history. Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Presented by the Community Military Appreciation Committee, the event will feature Lt. Col. Scottie S. Redden, inspector instructor for the Sixth Engineer Support Battalion headquartered in Portland.

His remarks will be complemented by retired Army Col. Larry J. Smith, who will be the master of ceremonies. There will also be other dignitaries in attendance, as Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt, National Park Service Superintendent Tracy Fortmann and U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler are expected to speak.

Vancouver Police Department officer Rey Reynolds will sing the National Anthem, and there will be a dove release and color guards in addition to the 204th Band’s rendition of a military medley.

C-Tran will make it a little easier to attend as buses No. 25, 32 and 37 will provide transportation directly to the Bandstand Monday. Parking will be available at Hudson’s Bay High School where attendees can ride a C-Tran shuttle to and from the event.

Hot dogs and light lunch items will be available.

Additionally, there will be a National Park Service Soldier’s Bivouac enactment on the parade grounds before and after the ceremony through 2 p.m.

The Community Military Appreciation Committee organized the event with the support of the city of Vancouver, the National Park Service, the National Trust, the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Waste Connections and 40 et 8.

The Community Military Appreciation Committee is comprised of members representing youth, education groups, civic groups, the military, veterans groups and local governments. The committee organizes community-wide events, such as the Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Our Community Salutes and POW/MIA Day ceremonies as well as recognition and support of military families of all services.

Learn more about the Community Military Appreciation Committee at www.cmac11.com.

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