2011 Fort Vancouver Veterans Day Parade

Despite the occasional shower and chilly morning temperature, the 2011 Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver was a hit with the veterans and families lining the parade route. The theme was the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and the parade's Grand Marshal was an appropriate organization...the re-enactors of the 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry, who represented the actual soldiers recruited here to protect the West after the original Union troops were ordered back east after the fall 150 years ago of Fort Sumter. The re-enactors also reminded the parade-goers of actual Oregon Civil War military leaders like Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, and of the 15,000 Civil War veterans who moved to Oregon after the war to start new lives. The Oregon Civil War 150th Commission also had an entry in the parade, one of many appearances at other Veterans Day parades around the region. The parade also included Buffalo Soldier re-enactors on horseback, representing soldiers who served in the United States Army in the West after the Civil War. More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations were represented at the Fort Vancouver 2011 Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest veterans parades on the West Coast. High School bands and ROTC groups,equestrian units, military and veteran units, and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops marched through the Fort Vancouver National Site and were enthusiastically applauded by the crowds on the sidelines.

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