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Military chief to deliver Marshall Lecture in Vancouver!

Pace was sworn in as the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs on Sept. 30, 2005. He is the main military adviser to President Bush, the secretary of defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. The lecture is in honor of General John Marshall, winner of the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize.

This article made my skin crawl when I read it and my daughter called both the school and the National Historic Reserve Trust number to protest this use of a public school. They are going to bus home the kids who refuse to go and see this guy (he's the CURRENT MAIN Iraq advisor to President Bush, to the National Security Council, to the Secretary of Defense and to Homeland Security - ohmygawd!!) and they are closing the school to have him speak. This is a school district that would not allow my daughter and I to collect signatures on our petitions on International Women's Day for women to sign as opposed to the war but they are bringing in the TOP ADVISOR for the war to represent General George Marshall. This is wrong. I think we should march - I think a whole lot of people ought to call and then march. Anybody agree? This is happening on February 21. Traci (my daughter, Kay) told them that we just okayed the construction of the Hilton to hold large crowds of people and there are other venues for this but they choose a public school where most of the kids (2500 they are counting on) are CAPTIVE audiences. Needless to say, my grandson will not attend. HELP!!!


Military chief to deliver Marshall Lecture

Saturday, January 20, 2007
By DEAN BAKER Columbian staff writer

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the annual Gen. George C. Marshall Lecture in Vancouver on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

In presenting the speech, the senior ranking member of the nation's armed forces will follow in the footsteps of such top federal officials as Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright.

Pace will speak at 11 a.m. before a crowd of as many as 5,000 students and members of the public in the Hudson's Bay High School gym. The lecture will be taped and televised, President Elson Strahan of the sponsoring Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust said in a press release.

"General Pace has agreed to come to our community to deliver his remarks in honor of the values and exemplary character that Marshall personified and our community emulates," Strahan said.

Pace was sworn in as the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs on Sept. 30, 2005. He is the main military adviser to President Bush, the secretary of defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. He and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Tiffany Marie.

The lecture was established in 1988 to honor Marshall, who was a Vancouver resident from 1936 to 1938 when he commanded Vancouver Barracks and supervised the Northwest's Civilian Conservation Corps. He later became a five-star general of the Army, chief of staff and secretary of state. The author of the Marshall Plan for reconstruction of war-torn Europe after World War II, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.

Each year, a distinguished individual is invited to deliver an address that speaks to the principles Marshall embraced and offer insights into current world situations, Strahan said.

Other past speakers include: retired Lt. Gen. Claude M. Kicklighter, chief of staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs; retired Rear Admiral Marty Evans, president and CEO of the American Red Cross; Rt. Hon. Christopher Patten, European commissioner for external relations, European Union; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; and NBC network anchor Tom Brokaw.

The event is sponsored by the Bank of Clark County, the City of Vancouver and the Celebrate Freedom branch of the reserve trust.

If you go

What: Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will present the annual Marshall Lecture.

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Where: Hudson's Bay High School.

Information: Call Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, 360-992-1804.

Tickets: The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Of 5,000 available seats, half will be reserved for students. Other ticket reservations can be made by regular mail or e-mail. Requests for tickets must be received by Feb. 12. To request tickets, send your name, address, telephone number and number of tickets to be reserved to  LectureTickets@vnhrt.org or Marshall Lecture Tickets, Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, General O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

Sponsor Isn't The District 25.Jan.2007 20:14

Den Mark, Vancouver

It isn't the school district which is "bringing in" the general. The annual lectures are sponsored by Fort Vancouver National Historic Trust, or whatever, the same group that runs the Fort & sponsors the July Fourth fireworks thing. The school district has traditionally allowed the lectures to be held in a high school auditorium. High school auditoriums have been & still are the only large venues in the city. The district closes the school for half a day, & students are not pressured to attend the lectures. I am not defending the choice of the general, or some past choices, such as vile madeleine albright, but i do want people to know that it isn't the school district which makes the choices or sponsors the lectures.

There WILL BE local protesters at this event.

I oppose military in schools 25.Jan.2007 22:03


I oppose the military in schools, whether they are recruiting or speaking. It's true the committee in Vancouver selects the speaker, and the school district let's them use PUBLIC buildings to further the city's cause. Seems to me the schools should be OUT of it, and have them speak at Pollard's (mayor) Hilton. I object and have found distaste for all these military promotions in the military city of the west (Vancouver).