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Garrison Flagstaff Reconstruction May 2017

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The Community Military Appreciation Committee's (CMAC) presentation for Vancouver's Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 29, 2017, included the dedication of the 80 foot reconstructed garrison flagstaff on the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, which is located in the National Park. The flagstaff is dedicated to honor American servicemen and women from Clark County who have given their lives in service of their country. This project has been two years in the making, requiring historical research and archaeological testing and excavation to determine the historic location of the flagstaff prior to installation.

This project was made possible through a number of community partners who worked with the NPS, including the Fort Vancouver Lions, the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary Club, CMAC, the Friends of Fort Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver.

The flagstaff was a prominent feature in many of the historic photographs of the Site. It will be a great addition to have the restored flagstaff at its original site in honor of those who served.

Photos courtesy of the National Park Service; featured with the golden finial that tops the flagpole are NPS Facilities Manager Alex Patterson and Park Superintendent Tracy Fortmann. 

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