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Scouts honor fallen soldiers with flags

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

HUNTINGTON  — As the fall foliage dropped to the ground at Spring Hill Cemetery Saturday morning, a group of local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts planted 1,800 American flags into the grass next to the graves of U.S. Military veterans.

This is the fifth year that local scouts have teamed up with the American Legion to place the flags on the graves of veterans who are buried in the cemetery.

Nearly 50 scouts, leaders and their parents planted the flags at the cemetery with the help of volunteers from American Legion Post 16, Ladies Auxiliary Unit 16 and Sons of The American Legion Squadron 16, said Rob Kimball, scout master for Boy Scout Troop 707 in Lesage.

Kimball also serves as the Squadron Commander for the Sons of the American Legion, and he said the event serves a dual purpose in honoring the nation’s veterans as well as reinforcing Boy Scouts’ community service principles.

“It’s an honor to have the privilege to show a little bit of appreciation to the men and women who have given everything for their country,” said Kimball. “Number one, I hope the scouts walk away with respect for the veterans, and number two, I hope the community sees that the values that have made the Boy Scouts a valuable organization are still alive and well.”

The sponsoring veterans organizations provide the flags for the occasion, and after the holiday season is over, employees with the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District keep the flags for the scouts.

Delmer Adkins is a member of Boy Scout Troop 350 in Altizer, and even though the Huntington High School junior has earned his Eagle Scout Award, he said he had never been to the cemetery for the project.

He said he enjoyed the event, and the hoped the flags drew support for veterans and their from the greater Huntington community.

“I would want the families to see that there are some people out there that care about their relative’s service,” said Adkins. “They served our country, and we are here to give them respect for that.”
 

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