Memorial Day

 

Thank you to all of those who have served or are serving our nation.

Yesterday we went out to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and participated in the 61st annual Memorial Day Good Turn. Members of our Pack, Troop, and Crew and their families were there, along with thousands of  other area Scouts and family members. We had a solemn procession into the cemetary. Then there was a flag ceremony and a speaker from a local military base. A local bagpipe group played Taps and Amazing Grace.

Then we went to our assigned area and started decorating the graves of the men and women who have served our country. It is a beautiful thing to participate in. At each grave, we took a small flag and placed it in the ground in front of the head stone. The Scouts did their work quickly, but they were very respectful. It really seems to help them understand what Memorial Day is all about.

When they were finished, it was an impressive sight. The rows and rows of graves, each with a small American flag flying proudly in front of it. I know the families and friends who visit the cemetery today will appreciate their efforts.

I think this is what Scouting is all about. Sometimes we might be worn out after dealing with a bunch of rowdy boys at a den meeting. Or we might be frustrated with dealing with a troublesome parent. Or we might just be overwhelmed by all we have to get accomplished this week. It is all worth it to see  a thousands of Scouts and family members spend a few hours of their time to show their appreciation for those brave men and women who have protected our freedom, sometimes with their lives.

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