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Garrison Flag Raising at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Garrison Flag Raising at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Vancouver (Photo) - 05/25/22

The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) will present Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 30, 2022, at 11 am. This annual ceremony at the Bandstand on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground honors men and women who have lost their lives in service of our country. Visitors may view the garrison flag raising, Washington Army National Guard Howitzer cannon firing, and a wreath laying ceremony in honor of fallen heroes. Vancouver’s Memorial Day Observance is free of charge. 

CMAC organizes this annual event with the support of its partners: the City of Vancouver, National Park Service (NPS), Clark County, Waste Connections, Boy Scouts of America, Young Marines, and 40 et 8. For over 170 years, the Vancouver Barracks has been a center for military community. The Vancouver Barracks is now preserved by the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. NPS Facility Manager Alex Patterson shared, "Events like Memorial Day showcase the modern relevance of this historic site, and the enduring connection between the military post and this community." 
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said, “Vancouver Barracks is an incredibility special place for our community and our nation. The historic structures at the Vancouver Barracks hold invaluable stories of service, family, strength, and sacrifice. The post is much more than just a collection of buildings; they are a visible reminder of our shared 19th and 20th century military history.” Superintendent Fortmann added, “The National Park Service preserves and shares our nation’s history, including the service of the many soldiers and their families.” 
Retired Army Colonel Larry J. Smith and Retired Air Force Colonel Mike Burton will be the Master of Ceremonies. Speakers at the event will include Superintendent Tracy Fortmann, Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Clark County Council Chair Karen Dill Bowerman, with a keynote by Colonel Todd A. Hofford, United States Air Force. There will be special remarks by Melissa Scholl-Bellah, a Gold Star spouse. Megan Phan, 6th grader from the Vancouver Vietnamese community will sing the National Anthem. Vancouver Police Officer Rey Reynolds will sing God Bless America. Boy Scouts of America Troops 479 and 5479 are raising and lowering the garrison flag, an important symbol of our community’s military history. There will be a dove release and color guards, as well as military medleys played by the 204th Army Band. Young Marines will be present to generously volunteer their time for event set-up. 
Complimentary light lunch items will be available to the public, courtesy of the Vancouver Lions, Red Cross Cascades Region, and the Military Officers Association of America. 
Larry Smith stated, “After a two year absence from the Vancouver Barracks Parade Field because of COVID protocols,  it will be great to see families, neighbors,  and friends in person again to honor those service members who have given their lives to our country. Freedom is not free… and never forget.” 
C-Tran busses #25, 32, and 37 will provide transportation directly to the Bandstand that day. Parking is available at Hudson's Bay High School, where attendees may ride a C-Tran shuttle to and from the event site. 
CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veteran groups, and local governments. CMAC executes and plans community-wide events, such as 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 CMAC at 

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Local Teachers: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Recruiting Teacher-Ranger-Teacher! - 05/17/22

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is recruiting teachers in the Vancouver/Portland Metro Area to participate in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program from July 10 to August 20, 2022. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in place-based education alongside the National Park Service. A $3000 stipend is available for this 6-week opportunity. To apply, interested teachers should email their resume to Park Ranger Justine Hanrahan at by May 26, 2022.

Teachers participating in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program will have the opportunity to engage in park resources, participate in a webinar about lesson planning, develop at least one lesson to be used in their classroom or school, assist the park with an education project, and increase their understanding of place-based learning. This program will offer teachers a unique opportunity to infuse their teaching skills with NPS-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education resources and the use of primary sources and place-based learning. Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver (UC Denver) through a cooperative agreement.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is the only national park in the Vancouver/Portland Metro Area and serves thousands of elementary school students on field trip programs every year. Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community. In this summer opportunity, the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher will have opportunities to shape curriculum that reaches thousands of local students for years to come.


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Fort Vancouver Welcomes 750 Local Students for Children's Culture Parade - 04/27/22

The National Park Service and the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts are proud to again host the annual Children's Culture Parade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Friday, May 13, 2022.

The Children's Culture Parade route brings students on a 0.7 mile walk from Pearson Air Museum through the national park and into the fort site. The parade begins at 10:15 am at Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.) The route continues north on East Reserve Street, turns west on Evergreen Boulevard, and finally proceeds south via the Park Road to the fort site (1001 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661). The Children’s Culture Parade ends inside Fort Vancouver, where closing statements honor students’ hard work this school year. The public is encouraged to join the students, The Mayor of the City of Vancouver, and honored guests at 11:00 am inside the fort. The entry fee will be waived for the event. The event is scheduled to conclude at 11:45 am.

The parade will include school marching bands and approximately 750 local 3rd and 4th grade students. Every year, the Children’s Culture Parade celebrates the community's past and present diversity. "These last couple of school years have been difficult for many students. Through this community-based event, we’re inviting elementary students to celebrate their learning and growth at their local national park. This event is one way for students to connect classroom learning with family histories and their community’s cultural heritage,” said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

City of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Superintendent Fortmann, and other school district leaders will lead the parade throughout Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, one of 423 units of the National Park System.

At the conclusion of the parade, National Park Service volunteers will greet visitors wearing 1840s clothing and the Vancouver Community Concert Band will provide music. The entire procession will rest on the grass in front of the Chief Factor's House to hear music and brief remarks from the mayor, superintendent, dignitaries, and featured students.

"Almost 200 years ago, people from around the world worked and lived at Fort Vancouver. Through our community today, we can see cultures are resilient to the present day. This national park belongs to everyone, and the Children’s Culture Parade is a special opportunity for each student to celebrate diversity with family, classmates, and our supportive community at one of our national treasures," Fortmann said.

"Families are invited to join us for this community tradition," said Justine Hanrahan, Park Ranger. "Ideal viewing areas for parents and families are anywhere along the Park Road or on the pedestrian pathway leading from East Fifth Street into the Fort Vancouver stockade."

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