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The general public will be able to “Celebrate Freedom for Free” this year on the 4th of July, with no admission charge to Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. It will be “all about the fireworks,” according the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

While in the past this was a full day event, attendees are encouraged to come for the evening, claim their spot on the lawn, and enjoy a variety of vendors and live music starting at 6 p.m. in anticipation of a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m.

“After conducting an assessment of the event’s structure and costs, and reviewing feedback from participant surveys, the Trust recognized that the fireworks show is the element most valued by the community. We’re focusing on that - giving our audience what they most want,” said Trust President & CEO Mike True.

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust announced the keynote speaker at this year’s General George C. Marshall Leadership Award ceremony will be Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. Tickets are still available at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

Lieutenant Governor Habib was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved with his family to Washington state at the age of eight. He grew up in east King County and graduated from the Bellevue International School before attending Columbia University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School.

After receiving his law degree, Lieutenant Governor Habib returned to Washington state to practice law at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest law firm, where he helped startup technology companies raise venture capital funds and license their software.

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Eight Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Adult Leadership Award, and 22 Clark County high school seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The two 2017 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the Providence Academy. The keynote speaker at this year's General George C. Marshall Leadership Award ceremony will be Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. Tickets are available at www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

The Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 17th year honoring the youth in our community and the 28th year honoring adult leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.

"General Marshall's contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and humility set an inspirational framework for the leaders of today and the up and coming leaders. This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County," said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee.

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The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a ceremony Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured an address by Dr. Rob Havers, President of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2016 recipients.

At the event, Paige Spratt was honored as the 2016 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. She is the 27th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of previous Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

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Five Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and 37 Clark County High School Seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. The 2016 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks Building, followed by a dinner reception. The ceremony will be televised later on CVTV. For more information contact the Fort Vancouver National Trust at 360-992-1804 or visit www.fortvan.org/marshallawards.

The Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards, honoring the legacy of General George C. Marshall, are sponsored by Riverview Community Bank and organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust as one of its many Celebrate Freedom programs. This is the 15th year honoring the youth in our community and the 27th year honoring our public leaders. From 1936 to 1938 when Marshall lived in Vancouver, he was a Brigadier General and served as Commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks. During World War II, Marshall served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Secretary of State (1947-1949) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.

“General Marshall’s contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today. His characteristics of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and humility set an inspirational framework for the leaders of today and the up and coming leaders. This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County,” said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee.

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