I decided to go to the Memorial Day ceremonies at Vancouver Barracks again this year. It was a very nice ceremony as usual with many military and reenactment groups participating.
In addition, Memorial Day was the official day for turning the Vancouver Barracks over to the National Park Service by the Army. It marked the end of a 163 year military presence in Vancouver. There were flag lowering and raising ceremonies and gift exchanges between the Army, the City of Vancouver, and the National Park Service. The flags from the Army; the trading axes from the National Park Service.
And the Soldiers' Bivouac on Monday as well. It is always fun to see the Civil War era re-enactors in particular but the Spanish-American War, WWI and WWII were represented as well.
I have been so impressed with how Vancouver celebrates its military history ever since we moved here. It is about the most patriotic place that I have ever been. Proud that our community supports the military and veterans in such a big way.