Weekend events to honor area’s veterans

Fort Vancouver parade to take new route; Battle Ground mayor to lead ceremony

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

Published:

 

click to enlarge

If You Go

Friday: Battle Ground Veterans Ceremony, 11 a.m., Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

Saturday: Fort Vancouver Veterans Parade, 11 a.m., starting at east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street.

Mayor Philip Johnson will lead Battle Ground’s salute to veterans on Friday morning while Army veteran Ryan Corcilius and retired Navy commander Yvette Brown-Wahler will be grand marshals at Saturday’s Fort Vancouver Veterans Parade.

Air Force Col. Duke A. Pirak is the reviewing officer for the Fort Vancouver parade, which will start at the east end of Officers Row.

• Battle Ground: Johnson, a retired Army officer, will lead the ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.

The ceremony will include a flag presentation, a formal recognition of veterans and a reading of the names of 31 local men who died while serving and whose names are engraved on the wall of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial.

• Fort Vancouver: More than 120 entries totaling about 2,500 participants are expected for Saturday’s Fort Vancouver Veterans Parade.

Things start with a 10 a.m. ceremony in Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Keynote speaker Pirak commands the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland.

Brown-Wahler served on six ships during her 20-year Navy career, including serving as executive officer on a guided-missile destroyer. She was part of combat operations in 1999, firing cruise missiles during the Kosovo conflict. She also completed two tours of Pentagon service.

Corcilius is a Park Service guide at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Corcilius went to Iraq in September 2003. The vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised roadside bomb, and he was seriously injured. He became a seasonal park guide at Fort Vancouver in 2015.

Officially known as the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, the event has a new route. Marchers will head west along Evergreen Boulevard, past Officers Row and Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Community Library, the parade will head south down C Street and turn west on Eighth Street.

The route turns north on Main Street, then heads east on 11th Street. The parade will end at the west side of Providence Academy.

The Historic Trust and the Community Military Appreciation Committee are partnering on the ceremony and parade.