Ceremonies mark Memorial Day activities in Clark County

first_imgTwo special flags — and an 80-foot flagpole to display one of them — will be part of Memorial Day activities Monday at Fort Vancouver and in Battle Ground.They are among several salutes in Clark County cemeteries or other community spaces honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country. Several will feature honor guards and musical performances.The weekend’s observances start Saturday with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas.The 11 a.m. ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be at the bandstand on the north side of the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, opposite Officers Row.Keynote speaker Col. Duke A. Pirak is commander of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland.Also scheduled to speak are host Larry Smith, retired Army colonel and former Vancouver mayor pro tem; Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann; Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt; and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.The ceremony will include the dedication of an 80-foot garrison flagpole on the Parade Ground.After two years of archaeological work, the flagpole is being installed in the same spot where an earlier pole — measuring 150 feet tall — flew the American flag during the 19th century. The ceremony is scheduled to include the raising of a large garrison flag.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 0