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Perhaps no other episode in American history better represents the courage, determination, and dedication of the American soldier than the epic journey of the Corps of Discovery.

In May 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis, Captain William Clark, and a select group of volunteers from the United States Army and civilian life ventured west towards the Pacific coast. The skill, teamwork, and courage of each soldier contributed significantly to the success of the expedition. When the soldiers finally returned in September 1806, their journey had already captured the admiration and imagination of the American people. Over the past two hundred years, the Lewis and Clark Expedition has become famous as the triumph of human achievement.

Photo, Lewis and Clark Commemorations on the Mall, Washington, DC
Lewis and Clark Commemorations
on the National Mall, Washington, DC

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