Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
MEDIA RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2014
Aaron Ochoa, Park Ranger
(360) 816-6233, firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AND SOLDIERS' BIVOUAC MAY 26, 2014
VANCOUVER, WA - The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) along with many other partners are pleased to announce Memorial Day Ceremony and Soldiers' Bivouac, Saturday, May 26. Soldiers' Bivouac events hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. The activities are free and take place at the Vancouver Barracks.
Memorial Day Ceremony was dedicated in 1998; the memorial recognizes more than 575 service members from the community who gave their lives in wars. Arrive early or stay after Memorial Day Ceremony and experience Soldiers' Bivouac. Soldiers' Bivouac interprets life in the military at Vancouver Barracks for soldiers, officers, families, and the local community over a 150 year timeline. 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry and the Northwest Civil War Council will provide civil war infantry and cavalry costumed interpreters. Learn more about the former Vancouver Barracks commander George Catlett Marshal and the Chkalov landing. Listen and learn about WWII from the personal stories and accounts of WWII from a National Park Service (NPS) volunteer and veteran of WWII.
For more information about this program and other programs by the National Park Service please call the Visitor Center at 360.816.6230 or visit www.nps.gov/fova.
WHERE: Vancouver Barracks centered around the Clark County War Memorial, Vancouver, WA 98661.
WHEN: May 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
BACKGROUND: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of the 401 national parks which make up the National Park System and it is located in both Washington and Oregon. This national park is also the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve which is located in Vancouver, Washington. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The National Park Service's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities – serve communities in Washington and Oregon and create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.