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Observance at Vancouver Barracks honors debt to troops

first_imgRaindrops ran down DeWayne Nelson’s cap and soaked his graying hair. He held a U.S. flag at his side in the pouring rain, behind the covered tents at Vancouver’s annual Memorial Day Observance. The weather doesn’t bother him, he said, as the wet flag slapped against his leather jacket.Nelson, a Vietnam veteran and Patriot Guard rider, was one of many who endured the elements Monday morning at the Vancouver Barracks to honor the fallen. Among them were a 90-year-old Buffalo solider re-enactor and an 8-year-old Young Marine.When it was wet or dry, below freezing or blistering hot, troops have given their all for America.Too few carve a couple of hours out of their day to remember and reflect on those who died in the line of duty, said keynote speaker U.S. Army Major General Jeffrey Buchanan. Many Americans seek the comfort of the mall or some big-box store on Memorial Day, looking to score some deals.“It’s just another opportunity for self-indulgence,” Buchanan said. The general, who served four tours in Iraq, talked to the full crowd about what the 590 names etched into the Clark County War Memorial mean for Americans nationwide. It’s not just a bunch of names.“Each represents a man or woman with their own story, their own goals, fears and triumphs,” he said. “Let us never forget the freedoms they won for us.”last_img read more

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