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  • Celebrate Freedom at Fort Vancouver

    Flag Day Ceremony at Vancouver Barracks Bandstand.

    In 1949, President Truman declared Flag Day a national holiday commemorating our nation's flag as a symbol of the United States, its history and ideals. Come be a part of the Vancouver USA Celebrate Freedom Flag Day Ceremony on the parade grounds at Fort Vancouver, Monday, June 14, 2010 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. "The Flag Day Ceremony is one of several free Celebrate Freedom programs organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust. Celebrate Freedom is a series of educational programs and community events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, patriotism, lifelong learning and vision."

    We will join other communities across our nation for a simultaneous recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Annual Pause for the Pledge will be led by two of our local young men who have been accepted into military academies; David Baker, from Columbia River High School, will attend the Merchant Marine Academy, and Michael Madrid, from Prairie High School, will attend the Naval Academy.

    Fifth grade students from Marshall Elementary will speak about the meaning of the flag from the perspective of Colonial-era citizens, and will also be on hand to judge a Patriotic Tie Contest from among Clark Counties' Mayors.

    Prairie High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present colors and perform with their rifle squad. Vocal soloist Kyra Smith, from Mountain View High School, and the Columbia River Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International will be entertaining us with music.

    Master of Ceremonies will be Scott Simon, KUPL radio morning show; with remarks by 2009 Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient Phillip Haberthur, 2010 Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient Lindsey Elhart and Melissa Sandvold, representing event sponsor Veolia Water.

    Complimentary pizza provided by Papa Murphy's, snacks from Trader Joes and Frito Lay, and coffee and water courtesy of American Red Cross.

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