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). This Annex
also specifically sets forth the opportunities and responsibilities
of the National Guard Bureau, and the National Guard in the separate
States along the Lewis and Clark National Historical Trail, hereafter
referred to as the “Trail States.”
b. Objectives. The purpose of the National Guard's involvement in
the Commemoration is to:
(1) Honor the "Corps of Volunteers of North Western Discovery"
(2) Educate the American public about the National Guard's multi-mission
role, its state and Federal ties, and its role as “neighbors helping
neighbors” during natural and man-made disasters.
(3) Serve as the military link between national, state and local
organizations during 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 state and local commemorative
(6) Provide military support for state and local Commemoration
activities, and for national Signature Events.
(7) Enhance National Guard recruiting and retention.
(8) Highlight the Militia service of the members of the Corps of
Discovery and their contributions.
2. Scope. This Annex supports the US Army's Commemoration Campaign
3. Applicability. This Annex serves as a resource document and planning
authority for National Guard involvement in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Commemoration. It applies to all National Guard organizations and entities.
4. Concepts and Planned Activities.
a. National Activities
(1) The Army National Guard’s Innovative Readiness Training
Exercise program is already supporting Lewis & Clark-related
projects, including several on Indian reservations, in South Dakota
and Oregon; the states are encouraged to apply for projects to expand
(2) NGB plans to involve its award-winning program for at-risk
youth, Challenge, in the commemoration in those Trail States where
the program exists.
(3) NGB’s International Affairs Division will be encouraged to
plan State Partnership Program exchanges and foreign attache tours
around Signature Events.
(4) NGB has commissioned a Native American artist who works
in the traditional hide painting/ledger book style to produce a
Lewis and Clark-themed work on canvas; the artwork will be the centerpiece
of a poster, to be distributed nationwide, celebrating the nation’s
Native American heritage.
b. State and Local Activities. National Guard units and organizations
are encouraged to serve on state, county, and local planning committees,
to help reinforce the fact that Lewis and Clark were Army officers
and the Corps of Discovery was a military unit. Below are some ideas
for National Guard participation.
(1) Provide color guards, bands, marching units and other ceremonial
(2) Provide water facilities (buffaloes), tentage, and other field
items for local events.
(3) Encourage the State Adjutant General and local commanders to
deliver speeches on the expedition.
(4) Provide ARNG representatives at events – particularly Signature
Events - to tell the National Guard story.
(5) Hold Open Houses at armories.
(6) Host a National Guard commemorative event and invite the public
c. State POCs. Each Trail state has appointed a field grade officer
or equivalent as POC for all Commemoration events in its state and
to serve as the link between the state National Guard, the National
Guard Bureau, and the Army's Lewis and Clark Commemorative Office.
The State POCs serve as liaison to civilian state and local planning
efforts and represent the State's Adjutant General.
5. Non-Trail State National Guard. States that Lewis and Clark did
not cross are encouraged to participate in the Commemoration.
6. Funding and Resourcing: Each State will resource and support
local and state Commemoration events from its annual budget and assigned
resources; if funding is available, the National Guard Bureau will provide