National Guard Bureau
Lewis and Clark Commemoration
Annex B (Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration Support
a. General. This Annex prescribes the role of the National Guard
Bureau, as part of the US Army's participation in the Bicentennial Commemoration
of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Volunteers
of North Western Discovery (1803 - 1806) afterward called the Corps
of Discovery. This Annex also specifically sets forth the opportunities
and responsibilities of the National Guard Bureau, the National Guard
in the separate States along the Lewis and Clark National Historical
Trail, hereafter, Trail States. It also outlines these duties and responsibilities
of subordinate agencies and divisions within the National Guard Bureau,
to include both the Army and Air National Guard Directorates and other
National Guard agencies involved in the Commemoration. The Training
and Education Division, Manpower and Personnel Directorate, (J1), has
been designated by the Chief, National Guard Bureau, as the coordinating
office for National Guard involvement in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.
b. Objectives. The purpose of the National Guard's involvement
(1) Honor and commemorate the "Corps of Discovery" (1803-1806);
(2) Educate the American public, especially the local communities
National Guard's multi-mission role, and especially the non-combat
role that the Corps of Discovery represented. In peace the National
Guard is to protect the community and citizens in civil and natural
(3) Serve as the Military link between the National, and state and
interests in the Commemoration;
(4) Showcase the important assistance the Corps of Discovery received
from the Native peoples along the route;
(5) Provide a Military presence at the state and local grassroots
commemorations and activities;
(6) Provide Military support in planning, organizing and conducting
State and local Commemoration activities, and at the National level
when such signature events are identified for a specific event and
(7) Conduct a National event in conjunction with the National Signature
event honoring Native Americans and Sacagawea in August 2006, involving
up to ten students from all 54 States and Territories.
(8) Use the commemoration as an opportunity for National Guard
recruiting and retention;
(9) Highlight the Militia service of the members of the Corps of
and their contributions.
2. Scope: This Annex supports the US Army's Commemoration Campaign
Plan and outlines duties, responsibilities and provides authority for
planning and executing
Federal, US Army, National Guard, State and local Commemorations.
3. Applicability: This Annex serves as the resource document and
authority for all National Guard involvement in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Commemoration. It applies to all National Guard agencies and organizations.
4. Concepts and Planned Activities:
a. National Activities. The National Guard will sponsor a National
Youth Education and Leadership Rendezvous aimed at involving and educating
the youth of America in the military aspects of the Corps of Discovery
Expedition, at the same time enlightening them on the history and current
missions of the National Guard. After initial planning in FY 2004, the
participant selection process will take place in FY 2005. Up to ten
high school students from all 54 states and territories will be selected.
Guardsmen will serve as escorts for selectees. Held in conjunction with
the National Signature event honoring Native Americans and Sacagawea,
the location of this National event will be near New Town, North Dakota
in Aug 2006.
b. State and Local Activities. National Guard units and organizations
are encouraged to serve on state, county, and local planning committees
or commissions to assist, support, and hold commemoration activities.
The main objective is to provide that military aspect and spirit to
the community and local events, thus reinforcing the fact that Lewis
and Clark were Army officers and the Corps of Discovery was a military
unit. Below are some ideas and areas where the National Guard can be
a part of state and local activities:
(1) Color Guard, marching units, and other ceremonial support,
(2) Provide water facilities (buffaloes), tentage, and other field
would provide assistance at local events.
(3) Engage the State AG and commanders to deliver speeches or
representations on the military aspects of the operation.
(4) Provide public affairs, historical, and recruiting representatives
events to "tell" the Army and Guard story.
(5) Hold Open Houses in conjunction with commemorative activities
armories to introduce the public with today's military.
(6) Host a National Guard commemorative event and invite the local
committees and general public to attend.
5. Non-Trail State National Guard. National Guard states where
the Lewis and Clark historical trail and route does not cross are welcome
to adopt and commence programs and events associated with the Corps of
Discovery. Lewis and Clark were the forerunners of many other military
explorations that involved many of the states during the frontier and
Early American Republic period. Any National Guard state or unit is encouraged
to engage its soldiers and the public in the values, leadership, history,
and great service the Corps of Discovery provided to the development of
the United States. In particular, such states neighboring with signature
states (i.e., those on the Lewis and Clark Trail) are encouraged to develop
6. Funding. National Guard Funding will be utilized to support
recruiting and retention, public affairs, or musical organizations as
the states deem appropriate.
7. Point of Contact. The primary POC for this annex is the National
Guard Bureau coordinator at (703) 607-1832.