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Press Release
January 06, 2005
The Oregon National Guard and the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
The Oregon National Guard will present a formal update to the Governor of Oregon on its efforts to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Media are invited to witness the presentation in the State Capitol Building, Rm. 350 at one o'clock today.
The Oregon National Guard is working in conjunction with the Washington National Guard as co-chairs of the Opening Ceremony committee for Destination, The Pacific, a national Lewis and Clark signature event. This is the only west coast signature event with no other signature event happening within six months. The opening ceremony will happen on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2005 at Fort Stevens on Chief Cobboway's ancient Clatsop village site. Lewis and Clark gave Fort Clatsop to Chief Cobboway when they left in March 1803. Chief Cobboway's direct descendent, Dick Basch, has been asked to give a tribal blessing at the end of the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony will also include an F-15 flyover, a helicopter flyover, a shooting of 115 howitzers and a black powder cannon. The ceremony will include a welcome from the Clatsop Indian tribe, a parade of tribal flags hopefully carried by a veteran, a veterans tribal honor dance, speeches, and a song honoring all veterans from now back to the Lewis and Clark era.
The Oregon National Guard has offered to assist the National Park Service's traveling exhibit, Corps II, with education scheduling as they move through Oregon.
The Oregon National will support the St. Charles expedition with soldiers, armories and other logistical support as they move through Oregon. The St. Charles expedition is a non-profit re-enactors group that is exactly tracing the route of Lewis and Clark landing at sites on the days that Lewis and Clark landed there 200 years ago. The St. Charles expedition has some National Guard soldier involvement. When the St. Charles expedition comes through Oregon, the Oregon National Guard will supply some soldiers to become re-enactors with the expedition.
The Oregon National Guard has also been asked to support the annual National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage meeting happening in Portland in August 2005 with logistics and educational presentations.
The Oregon National Guard also supports all requests from Boy and Girl Scout organizations with Lewis and Clark presentations and activities. One of the activities that the Guard does when going to Boy or Girl Scout events is to show how a sextant works.
The Oregon National Guard is also on the planning boards of Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in Oregon and Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association and attends all the meetings of Destination, The Pacific.
The Oregon National Guard gets funding for Lewis and Clark projects from National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C.

Maj. Alisha Hamel 503-584-3573
Kay Fristad 503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179