When the call was made for citizens to honor their country’s servicemen, this Cub Scout pack from the Great Lakes Field Service Council came with helping hearts.
The Scouts and their families, lead by assistant den leader Maria Kramer, trekked from Madison Heights, Mich., to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., to participate in the Wreaths Across America tradition. When the group arrived at the expansive cemetery, they helped volunteers place more than 12,000 wreaths on the graves of American soldiers.
Respecting those who have served was only one reason for the trip. Thanks to the insight of Kramer, the boys were also able to observe other volunteers and learn that people can display gratitude towards the country’s military in different ways.
Also built into the project, was a chance to reflect on the soldiers’ sacrifices, according to Kramer. “I thought to be able to have the boys to see how others respect our fallen soldiers and think about them and how they respect each other and the flag. Those are very poignant things that we also do in Cubs Scouts,” she shared with the Oakland Press.
Wreaths Across America originated more than two decades ago as a simple gesture of respect at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Similarly, these Cub Scouts used their service project as an opportunity to show appreciation for the troops at their own local cemetery.
The Scouts greatly demonstrated a part of the Scout Oath because in honoring other’s duty to country, the boys exhibited their own.
To learn more about this pack’s kind deed, read the full story by the Oakland Press.