Veterans Day – November 11, 2016

Columbian newspaper article about the 2016 Veterans Day Observance held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

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Veterans Day – November 11, 2015

CVTV coverage of the Veterans Day Celebration held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver Washington on November 11, 2015.

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Veterans Day Parade – November 7, 2015

CVTV coverage of the Veterans Day Parade in Vancouver Washington on November 7, 2015.

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Memorial Day – May 25, 2015

On Monday May 25th several hundred people gathered to honor those who have died protecting our freedom.  The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) organized the event sponsored by Waste Connections.  The Lewis and Clark Young Marines, The Patriot Guard Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bright Eyes Dove Release, Army 204th Band,  and many other people and organizations assisted to make the event a success.

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Vancouver Barracks Military Association

On October 18, 2014, The Vancouver Barracks Military Association held their annual “Happy Halloween Fundraiser”. Thanks to Bob Parsile of NW Home Movies for the video.

By Bob Parsile

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POW/MIA Rememberance 2014

28 minute video of the event and the attendees.

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Northwest Battle Buddies

Short video of the “A Walk in The Park” event held in Summer 2014

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Memorial Day 2014

Short video of the opening of the event including the Lewis and Clark Young Marines Posting the Colors, the  singing of the National Anthem, and the dove release.

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Memorial Day 2013

About 500 were in attendance on the chilly, rainy day to honor the memory of the fallen in a ceremony featuring military and civilian leaders.

Speakers included Tracy Fortmann, the superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Lt. Col J.D. Litton and Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt.

Fortmann, Leavitt, Herrera Beutler, Lt. Col Litton. Maj. General Buchanan and Daniel Tarbell, of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, then laid a wreath at the memorial.

 


Veterans Day 2012

Vancouver saluted all those who have served our country Sunday in the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Post Cemetery.

Speakers included Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce W. Prunk; Col. Peter F. Norseth, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 95th Division, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in east Vancouver; state Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center; and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.

Larry Smith, Vancouver city councilor and retired U.S. Army colonel hosted the Veterans Day event. Smith and Dan Tarbell are chairmen of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, which is presenting the program.

After the ceremony, author and historian Jeff Davis offered guided tours of the cemetery, and discussed the contributions of the soldiers buried there.

 


Wounded Warrior Donation 2012

On October 10, 2012 Mr. Dan Tarbell, CMAC Co-Chairman presented Colonel Homas and retired Major General Berger with a check for $5000 to assist in the Wounded Warrior Project. Col. Homas was quite humbled and appreciated what CMAC and the community of Vancouver was doing for our military members. During the conversation, Col. Homas presented Mr. Tarbell with one of the military coins and also graciously accepted one in return. Homas hopes to attend a CMAC meeting here in the near future and looks forward to meeting everyone who was involved.

 


POW/MIA Ceremony on September 21st 2012

The observance of POW-MIA Recognition Day was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday on Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs campus at the Vietnam War Memorial Garden.

The annual observance honors more than 140,000 American service personnel who were captured and held as POWs in the past 100 years; more than 17,000 of them died in captivity.

About 82,000 service members are listed as missing in action (MIA) since the start of World War II.

Four former POWs who served during World War II were at Friday’s event on the Vancouver Veterans Affairs campus, including Bowlin.

The event is sponsored by the Community Military Appreciation Committee and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which includes the Vancouver VA site.

The Vancouver Community Concert Band and Fort Vancouver Pipe Band performed.

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POW/MIA Rememberance 2012

 


Independence Day 2012

 


Memorial Day 2012

Many stirring words were spoken in the shadow of the Clark County Veterans’ Memorial on Monday

The keynote speaker was U.S. Army Col. Peter Norseth, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 95th Division, which is based at the new Armed Forces Reserve Center in east Vancouver.

Other featured speakers included U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; State Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver; and Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Participating units includeded the 204th Army Reserve Band; 6th Marine Support Battalion; 2nd Brigade, 95th Division Color Guard; 146th Army National Guard Artillery; Buffalo Soldiers; Patriot Guard Riders; Lewis & Clark Young Marines; and the Fort Vancouver Pipe Band.

Larry Smith, Vancouver city councilor a retired Army officer who served at Vancouver Barracks, hosted the ceremony. Smith is co-chairman of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, which coordinated the event. The nonprofit group was founded to keep the area’s military heritage alive after the Army left the barracks. The ceremony was sponsored by Waste Connections.

 


Post to Park 2012

Memorial Day’s “Post to Park” event was the official closure of the East and South Vancouver Barracks as an Army Reserve base, and its transition to a national park.

The ceremony was held at the Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road. The renovated structure is in the West Barracks, which already is under civilian ownership and management.

The ceremony followed the 11 a.m. Memorial Day observance at the nearby Clark County Veterans’ Memorial on Fort Vancouver Way and McClellan Road.

The 1 p.m. “Post to Park” ceremony observed the transfer of the East and South Barracks from the Army Reserve to the National Park Service; it became part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The ceremony commemorated a U.S. Army presence that dates back to 1849. The post closure ceremony was held at the Artillery Barracks, 600 East Hatheway Road.

The Army Reserve was represented by Brig. Gen. Alton Berry, deputy commanding general of the 88th Regional Support Command, and Brig. Gen. Kurt A. Hardin, commander of the 104th Training Division, which was based at Vancouver Barracks before moving to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The National Park Service was represented by Chris Lehnertz, director of the Pacific West Region, and Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

 


Our Community Salutes – April 28, 2012

The “Our Community Salutes” event on Saturday April 28, 2012 honored more than 200 high school seniors. Who have enlisted for future military service with a recognition ceremony followed by an ice cream social. This was the largest Our Community Salutes event in the Northwest.

 


Veterans Court Fundraiser

Eight hours of music. Two dozen classic cars. One united purpose: To help veterans who have fallen afoul of the law.

Hundreds gathered Sunday at Esther Short Park to enjoy themselves and also to raise money for the Clark County Veterans Court.

The event was just one of a half-dozen fundraisers scheduled this year to support the court. It is one of several of the county’s therapeutic courts, where the emphasis is not just on punishment, but on putting people on a more successful path in life.

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