This Memorial Day marks the 50th anniversary of Scouts placing thousands of flags at the graves of the servicemen and servicewomen buried in the Willamette National Cemetery. These Scouts are like many others around the nation who use this opportunity to honor the sacrifice of these individuals ahead of Memorial Day.
As the Scouts from the Cascade Pacific Council of the BSA place each flag, they say a word of thanks to the service members, just as they have for decades. And while the reverence and respect are the same as years past, what’s different this time around is that the Cub Scout boys are joined by Cub Scout girls.
“It is amazing, and being able to do it now with both of them as Cub Scouts is even more awesome,” said Jenny, the mother of a Cub Scout son and daughter. “It’s the one thing we look forward to every single year. It’s kind of a tradition to come up here every year.”
“… I get to go honor people in the military, and I get to sit by my grandpa’s grave for a little while,” said Calvin H., one of the Scouts who shared why this is an important event.
Be sure to watch the entire moving story from KATU 2 News in Portland.