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The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a dinner Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured a keynote address by Rick Drake, Director of Corporate Relations & Associate Director of Development of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2014 recipients.

At the event, Matthew Bisturis was honored as the 2014 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. He is the 25th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of one-time Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

Matthew Bisturis has lived and worked in Vancouver, Washington since 2007. In his nomination form, David G. Bristol wrote, “Since the beginning of his legal career, Matt has exemplified himself as a professional and an enthusiastic leader in this community. He volunteers his time to the Washington Small Business Development Center through WSU, which provides advice, training and research to businesses in Southwest Washington.” In addition, Matt “volunteers in teaching two classes on the topic of business formations to students enrolled at WSU. He serves on the board of the Parks Foundation of Vancouver and Clark County and donates his time to Leadership Clark County.”

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Each year, The Fort Vancouver National Trust has honored two outstanding citizens on the behalf of General George C. Marshall: one adult, and one senior high school student. On March 26th, the Trust will honor these exceptional nominees and recipients at the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Dinner.

Instituted in 1989, the Public Leadership Award is given to a community member (age 35 or younger) who demonstrates commitment to public service and leadership potential. The award commemorates General Marshall’s two-year residence in Vancouver and honors his legacy as a world statesman. Nominees for this award must be 35 or younger, a resident of Clark County and four-year college graduatePublic Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee and is based on nominations, written essays and interviews.

The Marshall Youth Leadership Award was established in 2000 to be presented to a high school age individual who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Youth Leadership Award recipient selection is made by a committee based on nominations, nominee responses to nominee form questions and interviews.

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The Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee and the Marshall Youth Leadership Award selection committee are seeking nominations for the annual General George C. Marshall Public and Youth Leadership Awards. These awards are part of the Celebrate Freedom programs organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Nominees for the adult Marshall Public Leadership Award must be a resident of Clark County, be 35 years of age or under and have completed a four-year college degree. Selection is based on demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service.

Award benefits for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award (adult) include:

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Join us on Saturday, November 9 at the Fort Vancouver National Site as we honor our Nation’s Veterans with a patriotic community parade. The parade will kick off with a cannon salute at 11 a.m. Every year over 100 units and 2,500 participants march in the one and a half mile Veterans Parade around the Fort Vancouver National Site. The parade begins at the corner of East Reserve and Evergreen Blvd, travels east along Evergreen Blvd (Officers Row), turns south on Fort Vancouver Way and turns west on East 5th street, concluding in front of Pearson Air Museum. The Red Cross will be onsite providing coffee, cocoa and doughnut holes to attendees. This year, each event attendee will receive an American Flag to wave during the parade, courtesy of Creekside Mortgage Company. This parade is presented with on going support from the Lough Legacy Endowment.  For more information on how to leave your own legacy, contact Elson Strahan at (360) 992-1835 or elson.strahan@fortvan.org.

Fall marks the return of popular Lantern Tours at Fort Vancouver

Take a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger through a night at Fort Vancouver! Peek into the past with vignettes by costumed interpreters, and learn about your urban national park then and now. Participants will tour through the fort buildings and enjoy hot cider with the costumed interpreters.

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